This is the Leigh Creek Coal Mine in northern South Australia. Big isn’t it? In 1980, they moved the whole town of Leigh Creek to expand it.
It supplies brown coal to the Northern and Playford Power Stations in Pt Augusta. That’s Playford, below.
This is the number of tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from those two power stations, every year:
The coal reaches the power stations with this train, the longest coal train in the world. It shifts about 2.5 million tons of brown coal per year. That’s about 6,900 t per day, EVERY DAY, being moved 260km from the mine to the power stations. That requires a train 2.8km long, with 161 wagons.
This is the Beverley Uranium Mine, also in northern South Australia. Thanks to Heathgate Resources for the first image, and Heathgate Resources and Australian Geographic for the second.
It mines, processes and packages uranium oxide (U3O8) for export and use in power stations all over the world. In 2007/2008, it produced 719 tons of uranium for export. None of it is used in South Australia, because we have refused to introduce nuclear power.
This is a Merrell Chart messenger bag.
With a total capacity of 24 L, there is sufficient space in this bag to carry enough uranium oxide to replace the Leigh Creek Coal Train for a day. With some room left over for your iPad, wallet, keys, and probably a copy of The Lord of the Rings.
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|Annual coal output Leigh Creek (t)||2,500,000|
|Av. daily coal moved by train (t)||6,849|
|Energy content brown coal (GJ/t) (range: 10-20)||15|
|Total daily energy being moved (GJ)||102,740|
|Approx energy content U3O8 (GJ/t), once through a light water reactor (range: 420,000- 675,000)||500,000|
|Amount of U3O8 required per day (kg)||205.48|
|Density of U3O8 (kg per L)||10.9|
|Volume of U3O8 required (L)||20.55|