Coal mine to double workforce

Yancoal is defying the current market trends for coal operations, and submitted an expansion proposal that will increase operations.

The expansion of its Stratford mine will see it double its workforce and shift the site into a 24 hour a day operation, according to the Gloucester Advocate.

Its new development proposal will see the extension of operations at the site, adding another 11 years to its mine life as well growing its annual output to around 2.6 million tonnes of ROM coal.

This growth will also see around 250 workers on site, the majority of which will come from the local area.

“Approximately 58 per cent of our existing workforce resides within the Gloucester and Great Lakes local government areas,” the mine's general manager Mike Smith said.

However the mine is likely to hit stumbling blocks as the council is expected to lodge objections to its proposal.

"We’ll be looking at what benefits can be achieved for the betterment of the district,” Gloucester shire mayor John Rosenbaum said.

“What we can get out of it will be crucial and we certainly won’t accept a 24 hour operation.”

Yancoal merged with Gloucester Coal earlier this year, acquiring the Gloucester site.

It is the largest investment by a Chinese state owned operation into the country's coal industry, as the focus had previously been on Australia's iron ore resources.

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