BMA expansion plans go on public display

Expansion plans for BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Broadmeadow underground and Goonyella Riverside mine are open for public comment.

BMA is forging ahead to secure government approvals despite last year announcing plans for the Red Hill underground will be put on hold until market conditions improve.

The miner is attempting to modify its mining lease application over the Red Hill tenement near Moranbah for an extension of three longwall panels at Broadmeadow, and is also looking at future development of the existing Goonyella open-cut.

Environmental impact statements are now on public display, with public consultation closing on August 12.

If Red Hill was to go ahead it would see a new underground coking coal mine constructed as well as a coal handling processing plant and worker accommodation.

The projects are estimated to create 2000 construction jobs and 1500 operational jobs for central Queensland.

Last month Australian Mining revealed Downer was cutting 185 jobs from BMA’s Goonyella Riverside coal mine.

Speaking to Australian Mining a spokesperson for Downer at the time said BMA had advised the mine service contract company they intended to absorb a quarter of pre-strip work at the mine.

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