Coal Projects

36 Alpha Coal project | H11

A feasibility study is under way for Hancock Coal's proposed $7.9 billion Alpha Coal project in the Galilee Basin. The project includes an open-cut mine expected to produce 30 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) at peak capacity and a 495km rail line from the Galilee Basin to the Abbot Point coal terminal.The project is expected to generate about 3740 construction jobs and more than 2600 operational positions. The railway line was approved by the State Government as an Infrastructure Facility of Significance on October 1, 2010 to service Alpha and other mines in the region. In November 2010, Queensland Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe invited public comment on the project's environmental impact statement (EIS).
Hancock expects to start exporting coal from its Alpha project in 2014.

38 Belvedere coal project | K12

This Vale project north-east of Moura would involve construction of an underground longwall mining operation to produce 1 to 2 Mtpa initially and eventually exceed 10 Mtpa. The proposal involves $2 billion-plus capital expenditure and is expected to create more than 600 jobs during construction and require at least 500 permanent positions to operate.

39 BMA Bowen Basin Coal Growth project | I10

This project will expand BMA's (BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance) coal production in the Moranbah area by about 20Mtpa. It involves the development of two new open-cut mines - Daunia Mine and Caval Ridge mine – as well as expansion of the Goonyella Riverside Mine and construction of new airport facilities at Moranbah.
The State Government granted conditional approval to the proposed $4 billion Caval Ridge coal mine in August 2010. This project is expected to create 1200 construction jobs and 495 ongoing operational jobs for up to 30 years. Construction of the mine could commence in 2011, with first coal exports by 2014.
The Co-ordinator-General's Report for the proposed Daunia Mine was finalised in October 2009 and that mine now has its State and Commonwealth approvals.
The environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Goonyella Riverside Mine expansion is expected to be available for public comment before mid-2011.

40 Byerwen coal project | I9

QCoal's $1 billion Byerwen coal project, near Collinsville, is expected to start production in 2012 and turn out 10 million tonnes of premium hard coking coal per annum.

41 Cameby Downs | K14

Macmahon Holdings recently won a $190 million contract to develop and operate the new Cameby Downs coal mine, located outside Miles in Queensland's Surat Basin. The Syntech Resources-owned mine is expected to employ about 140 people on site when operational. First commercial production is expected in November 2010.

42 China First coal project | H12

This Waratah Coal project involves the construction of an open-cut coal mine (producing up to 40 million tonnes per annum) and associated infrastructure in the Galilee Basin to the north-west of Alpha. The project is expected to cost in the order of $7 billion and provide employment for 6000 people during construction and 760 permanent positions during operations. Initial exports are targeted for the second half of 2013.

44 Curragh mine expansion | J11

Wesfarmers Curragh, outside Emerald, has a $296 million expansion project under way to lift its metallurgical coal output from 6.57 Mtpa to 88.5 Mtpa from late 2011.

45 Dingo West project | J11

Bandanna Energy has a pre-feasibility study under way for a potential $200 million open-cut coal mine outside Dingo in central Queensland.

46 Drake coal project | I9

QCoal's proposed 6Mtpa Drake coal project outside Collinsville would create up to 400 jobs in construction and 300 operational positions. The company also has a scoping study underway for the nearby Jax coal project.

47 Eagle Downs mine | J10

The proposed Eagle Downs mine near Moranbah would initially produce up to 4Mtpa of hard coking coal from one longwall and up to 8Mtpa when the second longwall is installed.
The $977 million project, a joint venture of Aquila Resources and Vale, is expected to employ up to 700 people in construction and 300 after operations begin. Construction of the mine could commence as early as 2011.

51 Ensham Central underground project | J11

The Ensham mine, north-east of Emerald in central Queensland, has secured funding from its parent company for a $166 million extension project. The project is planned to take the mine to a primarily underground operation, helping to secure the long-term future of around 3000 direct and indirect jobs.

54 Grosvenor coal project | I10

Anglo American Metallurgical Coal plans to begin construction in 2012 on its $1.1 billion Grosvenor underground mine outside Moranbah. The company says the project, to be developed adjacent to Anglo's existing Moranbah North facility, has the capacity to create up to 1000 jobs. The company also has prefeasibility work under way for a proposed $1 billion Moranbah South underground coal mine and is proposing a Foxleigh open-cut mine expansion, taking the Middlemount operation to 3.3 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa).

55 Hail Creek mine expansion | J10

Rio Tinto Coal Australia has a prefeasibility study under way for a possible Hail Creek mine expansion project to take the open-cut coal operation to 17Mtpa.

56 Isaac Plains expansion | I10

Contractors are erecting a dragline which will see the Isaac Plains site outside Moranbah boost production from 2 Mtpa to around 3.6 million tonnes of run of mine coal per annum. Up to 100 additional personnel are required for the project. The Isaac Plains operation is a joint venture between Aquila Resources and Vale.

59 Kestrel mine extension project | J11

Rio Tinto Coal Australia's $1.3 billion Kestrel Mine Extension (KME) project near Emerald is under way. The project, set to extend the life of Kestrel Mine to 2032, remains on track to meet its first coal shipment in 2012.

60 Kevin's Corner | H11

Hancock Prospecting is proposing to develop this coal mine 56 km north of Alpha in the Galilee Basin following the construction of the Alpha Coal project. The $7.5 billion Kevin's Corner project would require a construction workforce of up to 2500 people and an operational workforce of 2000.
In November 2010, Queensland Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe invited public comment on the project's environmental impact statement (EIS). He said Hancock was also well advanced in preparing an EIS for its proposed 30mtpa open-cut and underground mine at Kevin's Corner, 55km north of Alpha.

63 Lenton coal project | I10

New Hope Corporation has been granted mining lease for its Lenton coal deposit north-east of Moranbah, with potential for a new mine producing 1.5Mtpa.

64 Maryborough coal project | M13

This Northern Energy Corporation project includes development of the Colton mine, planned to produce 0.5Mtpa of hard coking coal, with production expected to start mid-2011.

65 Macarthur Coal growth | J11

Macarthur Coal is developing its new Middlemount Mine as part of a growth strategy expected to see the company double production within five years. The Middlemount Mine s being developed at a total cost of about $350 million over two stages. It is under construction and expected to enter production in the second half of 2011.
The company's portfolio of potential development projects includes Codrilla, for which it is completing detailed feasibility studies.

68 Minyango underground | J12

Caledon Resources is investigating the feasibility of the Minyango project in the Blackwater region. The proposed mine would produce about 3.4Mtpa of coal and cost $400 million to develop.

71 New Acland Stage 3 expansion | L15

New Acland Coal is proposing to expand the existing New Acland open cut coal mine north-west of Toowoomba from 4.8 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) to produce up to 10 Mtpa of thermal coal. The project is expected to require a capital investment of about $500 million and employ approximately 225 people in construction and 450 in the operational phase.

75 Rolleston expansion | J12

Xstrata is considering a $500 million expansion project at its Rolleston open-cut mine, 140km south of Emerald.

76 Saraji East underground | J11

BMA proposes the development of a new $1 billion underground mine in the Moranbah area to produce 5Mtpa coal.

77 Sarum coal project | L9

Xstrata plans to start building a new operation known as Sarum in 2011 or 2012. The mine, 20km south of Collinsville, would produce about 5 million tonnes of coal a year. It is expected to cost about $700 million to develop. Xstrata also has an extension project underway at its Newlands Northern underground operation

78 South Galilee coal project | H12

The proposed $1.5 billion South Galilee coal operation to be developed south-west of Alpha by Bandanna Energy and farm-in venture partner AMCI has the potential to support annual production of up to 20 million tonnes of thermal coal over a mine life of more than 40 years. The project is expected to generate 2000 construction jobs and involve a permanent operational workforce of 750 people.

80 Wandoan group coal project | K14

Development of Xstrata Coal's $6 billion Wandoan coal project near Wandoan (about 350km north-west of Brisbane) in the Surat Basin would create more than 3000 jobs throughout construction and operation over the next five years.

81 Washpool coal project | J11

Aquila Resources has submitted its mining lease application for the Washpool Hard Coking Coal Project, north-west of Blackwater. The proposed open-cut operation, to be developed at a cost of $230 million, would employ about 290 people at full production, which is expected to commence in 2012. Coal will be mined at a rate of about 4Mtpa.

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