South Australian Coal

White Energy’s wholly owned subsidiary, South Australian Coal Limited (SAC) holds the exploration rights to a large sub-bituminous coal deposit located in Northern South Australia (EL4534).

The SAC Exploration Area is located about 765 kilometres north of Adelaide and 70 kilometres south west of the township of Coober Pedy. The SAC Exploration is approximately 1,367 square kilometres and it contains the Lake Phillipson coal deposit. The coal located within the Lake Phillipson coal deposit can be classified as sub-bituminous coal.

The SAC Exploration Area is also thought to be prospective for minerals and is located in a world class mineral province with Challenger Gold Mine 90 kilometres north east, Prominent Hill 210 kilometres west and Olympic Dam 280 kilometres to the north west. Preliminary exploration activity has delineated potential for copper, gold, lead, zinc, uranium and iron ore.

Overall Coal Exploration Target

Based on exploration activity carried out by the Company in the 2010 and 2011 drilling programs, and previous coal exploration work undertaken at the site, SAC's Lake Phillipson deposit has the potential to host a coal exploration target in the range of 4 to 4.5 billion tonnes. The previous coal exploration target estimate at Lake Phillipson was completed by Utah Development in 1982. The current estimates are around 90% of the Utah Development estimate.


It should be noted that the potential quantities are conceptual in nature, there has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if future exploration will result in the determination of a mineral resource.

JORC Resource

Following the 2011 drilling program, the total JORC coal resources are now estimated at 1,130.4 million tonnes.



The JORC resource estimates are limited to a 10:1 strip ratio shell and a 0.5 metre seam thickness cut-off. As a result of the 2011 exploration the main basin resource has increased by 89% and the west basin resource has increased by 32%. In both basins the deep exploration has for many seams increased the resource classification from unclassified to inferred or from inferred to indicated. The tonnage of measured resource has dropped slightly.

One of the main advantages of the Lake Phillipson coal resource is that an under-utilised railway line is location within the deposit, which can be used to transport product to Adelaide.

Options for the development of Lake Phillipson coal areas

White Energy continues to analyse the various available options for commericalisation of the Lake Phillipson resource. These include the following:

Mining and selling the coal to domestic power stations

The company is in discussion with a major local power utility with respect to the supply of shallow Lake Phillipson coal for use in its power station. The Lake Phillipson coal is of a similar quality to the coal currently being used by the power utility in question.

Coal gasification opportunities in the South Australian market

Coal samples from the 2010 drilling program were analysed by Lurgi GmbH in Germany during 2011. The results of this testing indicated that the Lake Phillipson coal is suitable for their coal to gas process.

Upgrading and export of the coal using BCB technology

The Company has tested samples of Lake Phillipson coal at the Company's Cessnock Production Plant.

FY 2012/2013 Highlights

  • Finalised the conceptual mine plan and preliminary costing estimates for the domestic power station coal supply opportunity.

    FY 2013/2014 Target Milestones

  • Finalise the development of mine plans on two of the most prospective shallow coal areas within EL4534, for supply to the domestic power market in South Australia.
  • Evaluate EL4534 for other coal applications, including coal gasification and BCB coal upgrading.

    For further information visit the South Australian Coal Limited website.

    South Australian Coal

    The information contained on White Energy Company Limited's website, which relates to Exploration Results, Mineral Resources or Ore Reserves at EL4534, for coal, is based on information compiled by Jonathan Barber, who is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Jonathan Barber is an employee of Jon Barber Mining Consultants Pty Ltd and is engaged as a consultant to South Australian Coal Limited. Jonathan Barber has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralization and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the “Australian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves”. Jonathan Barber consents to the inclusion on this website the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.