Coal in Australia - Wikipedia
Coal is mined in every state of Australia. Mining occurs mainly in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.  About 75% of coal mined in Australia is exported, mostly to eastern Asia, and of the balance most is used in electricity generation.Appendix E: Coal Mining and Processing Methods | Coal,,In surface mining, the ground covering the coal seam (the overburden) is first removed to expose the coal seam for extraction. The elements of a surface mining operation are (1) topsoil removal and storage for later use, (2) drilling and blasting the strata overlying the coal seam, (3) loading and,Coal preparation plant - Wikipedia,A coal preparation plant is a facility that washes coal of soil and rock, crushes it into graded sized chunks, stockpiles grades preparing it for transport to market, and more often than not, also loads coal into rail cars, barges, or ships. The more of this waste material that can be removed from coal, the lower its total ash content, the greater its market value and the lower its transportation costs.