The earth is moving at QCoal Group’s $1.7 billion Byerwen coal project, with Stage 1 of construction under way.
The company said rail infrastructure manager Aurizon and civil works contractor Murphy Pipe and Civil mobilised to the site in late 2015 and had commenced earthworks for the project’s rail loop.
The initial workforce of about 40 people is expected to grow throughout January and February.
Additional work packages including the civil works, CHPP design and construction, and high voltage electrical supply for the project are expected to be announced or awarded this quarter.
The mine, 20km west of Glenden in Central Queensland, will be a staged development, expected to reach a peak capacity of about 10 million tonnes per annum.