New mine to bring 1000 CQ jobs
The $1 billion Olive Downs coal mine in central Queensland which will create 1000 local jobs has been given final approvals, allowing construction of the mine to begin.
The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy approved three Mining Leases for the project (ML 700032, 700035 and 700036 ).
The company can start hiring the 500 people needed to build the mine including its associated infrastructure like rail and transmission lines, water pipelines and access roads.
At peak production, and over its 79-year life, the mine will employ up to 1000 workers in the local region, including in and around Moranbah and Dysart, and should produce up to 15 million tonnes per annum of metallurgical coal which will be transported by rail to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal for export to key international markets like Japan, China, India and South Korea.
It’s expected core construction activities at the mine site 40km south-east of Moranbah will begin in 2021 with mining starting as soon as construction is complete.
Pembroke Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Barry Tudor said the mining lease approvals were the final approval hurdle to commence the first stage of the project.
“We are extremely pleased to have been granted the mining leases, having consulted extensively with the local community over the past four years,” he said.
“In addition to our commitment to the environment, we have focused on creating local jobs and proactively engaged with all stakeholders, including establishing a strong relationship with Barada Barna, the traditional owners of the land, with whom we have an Indigenous Land Use Agreement and Cultural Heritage Management Plan in place.
“Olive Downs has already assembled the key elements required to commence construction following the grant of the mining leases, including securing access to power, water, rail and port, even as finance and offtake partners are finalised.
“Pembroke is committed to providing workers with an opportunity to live in towns near the mine including Moranbah and Dysart and is building sustainable futures for people in the communities in which Olive Downs operates.”
Queensland has some of the most transparent and rigorous assessment processes for mining projects in the world. This includes a public notice and objection period for Mining Lease Applications (MLA) and Environmental Authorities (EA), as well as the independent Land Court which provides an impartial recommendation when objections are raised.
The extensive assessment process determines whether mining projects meet strict environmental, public interest, appropriate land use, compensation, native title and technical requirements.
Last updated 29 September 2020