Yancoal is set to ramp up production at the Cameby Downs coal mine near Miles with an expansion project expected to extend the mine’s life to 75 years.
Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today announced approval of mining leases for the expansion project at the open cut site, saying it would provide further investment and up to 20 extra jobs for the Western Downs.
“This is a vote of confidence by Yancoal in Queensland’s world-class resources, our infrastructure and our skilled resources workforce,” he said.
“For Western Downs communities like Miles and Chinchilla, it means greater opportunities for the current and future generations of locals to benefit from a strong resources sector in their region.”
Cameby Downs has been producing thermal coal for export since mid-2010. Current approval is 2.8 million “run of mine” tonnes per annum, now set to increase to 3.5 million tonnes.
The State Government said production ramp-up was expected to start immediately, with peak production expected to be achieved within 12 months.