Feb 17, 2017

New coal mine takes key step forward

New coal mine takes key step forward

It should be easier for advocates of the latest Queensland coal mine proposal to negotiate the web of environmental compliance and legislation.

The Olive Downs lease about 40kms south east of Moranbah is touted as potentially one of the largest coking mines in the world.

The $1 billion project has been given ‘coordinated project’ status.

The Coordinator-General could now independently and efficiently coordinate the environmental assessment process for the Pembroke Resources proposal across state and federal agencies said Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham .

“This marks the beginning of a process, including comprehensive environmental impact assessment, towards a development that could create more than 500 construction jobs a year over two years,” Dr Lynham said.

“When the open cut mine is up and running, it could maintain up to 960 operational jobs. It would operate for more than 30 years and produce up to 14 million tonnes per year.

“Most importantly, Pembroke Resources will encourage workers to live in local towns like Moranbah, Nebo and Middlemount.”

Fully developed, the complex 40 kilometres south east of Moranbah will be one of the largest coking mines in the world.

The project includes:

  • coal handling and crushing facilities at the mine’s Olive Downs South and Willunga precincts
  • a rail link to transport coal to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal
  • a water  pipeline and power transmission line.

The Coordinator-General was expected to release draft terms of reference for the environmental impact statement in March, said Dr Lynham.

“The Queensland Government is intent on creating more jobs in the regions, but also at the forefront of our mind is protecting the environment,” he said.

“I’d encourage people to get involved and make a contribution to the draft terms of reference when they are released next month.”

For more information visit statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/olivedowns

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