Haju coal mine

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This article is part of the Global Coal Mine Tracker, a project of Global Energy Monitor and the Center for Media and Democracy.

Haju coal project is an open-cut coal mine located near Lampunut, Murung Raya Regency, Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesia.[1]


The map below shows the approximate location of the Haju Coal mine, located in the Lahai Coal Contract of Work (CCoWs) 25 km southwest of Lampunut, Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesia.[2][3][4]

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The Haju mine is the first stage of IndoMet Coal Project. In May 2016, the IndoMet Coal project is held by a joint venture between Australia-based mining giant BHP Billiton (75%) and Indonesia-listed mining company PT Adara Energy Tbk. (25%). However, in June of 2016, BHP Billiton sold its shares in IndoMet Coal to Adaro Energy.[5]

According to EndCoal.org, IndoMet is "a series of massive coal mines that would destroy primary rainforest, deprive indigenous peoples of their customary land, and pollute water sources relied on by up to 1 million people."[6]

In its 2012 annual report, BHP Billiton reported that the project had a measured resource of 11 million tonnes with a further 2 million tonnes as an indicated resource. The company states that the 4.6% ash, 39.2% volatile material and .98% sulphur.[4]

Haju is one of two mining blocks within the Lahai Coal concession. Mining began at Haju in 2015, producing 102,000 tonnes of coal in the year and expecting to mine a million tons in 2016.[7]

Enviormental concerns

According to environmentalists, Haju is close to "a significant orangutan population in the Upper Barito Basin." BHP stated that none of the endangered animals live in the mining area, but the company previously relocated 280 orangutans found nearby to other parts of Kalimantan. Residents of Central Kalimantan called the mine "a disaster" for the locals and the "fragile ecosystems."[8]

Project Details

  • Owner: IndoMet Coal Project
  • Parent company: Adaro Energy[5]
  • Location: Murung Raya Regency, Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesia[2]
  • GPS coordinates: -0.281591, 114.740058 (approximate)
  • Mine status: Operating
  • Start year: 2016[5]
  • Mineable reserves: 14 million tonnes[1]
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Mine size: 4,787 ha [7]
  • Mine type: Surface[1]
  • Production:1 million tonnes per annum (expected)[7]
  • Additional proposed production: 6 million tonnes per annum[5]
  • Equipment:
  • Number of employees:

Articles and resources


  2. 2.0 2.1 Wood Mackenzie Report summary Asset Report, Oct 5, 2018
  3. IndoMet Coal Project BankTrack, accessed Nov 26, 2019
  4. 4.0 4.1 BHP Billiton, "2012 Annual Report", BHP Billiton, September 2012, page 74.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Tess Ingram BHP Billiton sells IndoMet Coal to JV partner Adaro Energy The Sydney Morning Herald June 7, 2016
  6. Endcoal.org BHP Billiton’s IndoMet Project: Digging Deep into the Heart of Borneo Fact sheet, October 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Alexander Ginting (Publisher), Robert Sihotang (Project Leader), Reiner Simanjuntak, Johannes Simbolon, Tyasno Hery, Rudi Simangunsong, Adianto Simamora, Godang Sitompul, Romel S., Yuda Prihatna, Abdul Karim, lpunk AF [Paper Copy, Indonesian Coal Book 2016/2017] Petromindo.Com, May 2016 Release
  8. Peter Ker BHP to open new coal mine in Borneo amid concern for orangutans The Sydney Morning Herald, July 22, 2015

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External resources

  • Dave Murray, President BHP Billiton Metallurgical Coal, Analysts and Investors Site Visit", Queensland, June 2, 2005. (See slides 62-68 "BHP Billiton Maruwai Coal Project" for an overview of the proposed project).

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