Bengal Coal has secured a mining lease for the Dysart East coal project in the Bowen Basin of Queensland until 2039.
The project has the potential to create construction jobs and 200 operational jobs during the life of the mine. Once developed, the mine is expected to produce close to 2 million tonnes (Mt) of metallurgical coal a year
Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Ian Macfarlane said Bengal Coal’s plan was to develop a new underground coal mine in the Bowen Basin.
“Around 200 jobs could be created for the Dysart East underground coal mine, which has a target to produce about 1.9Mt per annum of prime hard coking coal,” Macfarlane said.
Macfarlane added that Queensland’s metallurgical coal sector was enjoying increased global demand.
“A lot of people talk about diversity in our sector in terms of employment, but we also need diversity in the size of the companies involved in producing and this lease allows smaller coal deposits to be mined,” Macfarlane said.
“Coking coal is major contributor to Queensland’s economy and a key part of the State’s resources sector.”
Macfarlane said Queensland’s resources sector now provided one in every $6 dollars in the Queensland economy, sustained one in eight Queensland jobs, and supported more than 16,400 business across the state all from 0.1 per cent of Queensland’s land mass.