Production at the Broadmeadow mine is set for a massive jump thanks to new technology for thick seam coal recovery, as part of a $1 billion expansion.
The expansion will also ensure higher employment at the mine, all FIFO, to the ongoing disappointment and frustration of locals.
Natural Resources and Mines minister Andrew Cripps said the technology was the first of its type to be used in a Queensland mine.
The new technology allows for almost complete recovery of coal from thick seams.
“It is also renowned for its high productivity and for reducing operating costs, which are significant advantages for the coal mining industry,” Cripps said.
“The extension of three longwall panels at the mine means production will be lifted from 400,000 tonnes per annum to a new total capacity of 4.8 million tonnes per annum.”
Mr Cripps said the mine extension generated 650 jobs during construction.
“This expansion won’t only support the growing resources sector, but has also been a boost to the construction industry, another economic pillar of the Queensland economy,” he said.
“In the past, the construction industry hasn’t been a focus, however these sorts of construction projects provide jobs and improved infrastructure for Queensland.”
Broadmeadow is an underground mine on the Goonyella lease near Moranbah that produces hard coking coal for export to the Middle East, Asia, South America, South Africa, Europe, Japan and India.