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$6.4 billion coal mine approved for central Queensland

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

A 6.4 billion coal mine and a rail component of the proposed Galilee Coal Project (Northern Export Facility) in central Queensland has been approved by the State Government.

The Queensland Coordinator-General has approved the project following the evaluation of the environmental impact statement, however to proceed the project will also require Commonwealth assessment and approval.

The approved components of project involve the development of a new coal mine and associated infrastructure located near Alpha in the Galilee Basin and a rail line between the mine and the Abbot Point State Development Area (APSDA).

It is projected that the mine will produce 40 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of thermal coal for export over an expected life of about 30 years through a combination of open cut and underground mining.

The project also has the potential to create 3,500 construction jobs and 2,300 operational jobs if it proceeds.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the Coordinator-General’s decision finalised the State environmental assessment process and he called on the Commonwealth Government to work with the proponent to expedite their assessment process.

“This is a significant step in a long and rigorous process,” Mr Seeney said.

“It is another major infrastructure decision for development of the Galilee Basin and I very much hope that the Commonwealth does not now hold up its approval and delay another vital project for the Queensland economy.”

To view the Queensland Coordinator-General’s evaluation report, visit: www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/cg/galileecoalproject.html