BHP Billiton’s Daunia Coal mine has received approval for its environmental impact statement from the Queensland Government.
The BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) mine is expected to begin production in 2011, with an annual output of up to four million tonnes of semi-hard coking coal and PCI coal.
The mine is located in the northern section of the Bowen Basin, near the Moranbah township.
The open cut coal mine has an expected mine life of 21 years, and is situated to the immediate east of the Poitrel Mine.
All coal will initially be railed to BMA’s Hay Point coal terminal. Total construction time is slated to be between 18 to 24 months.