The Queensland Government has released the environmental impact statement for the Kevin’s Corner coal project.
It is now open for public comment.
Deputy premier Andrew Fraser stated that this massive $6.6 billion coal project by Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Galilee will create long term job opportunities for the state.
"The development of the Galilee Basin as a major centre for coal mining, processing and export, is important to the future economic prosperity of Queensland," Fraser said.
"This proposed project has the potential to operate for at least 30 years and is a massive vote of confidence in central Queensland and the resource industry here.
"If the Kevin’s Corner project proceeds, it could generate around 2500 jobs during the construction phase and another 1500 jobs during the life of the project. This is the public’s opportunity to have a say on how this project might proceed and to raise issues they think may need to be addressed."
Kevin’s Corner is a thermal coal project located adjacent to Hancock’s Alpha Coal project.
"The project proposes to target thermal coal at depths suitable for both open cut and underground mining over the next three decades if it passes the strict environmental criteria.
"The combined open-cut and underground mine would potentially produce up to 30 million tonnes of thermal coal for the international market each year," Fraser said.
The Alpha and Kevin’s Corner projects have a combined JORC compliant resource of 7.9 billion tonnes of coal, with ongoing drilling expected to increase these levels.
"If the project has its required approvals in place, construction could start as early as 2012 with the first shipment of coal anticipated in 2014."
It will ship coal through the Abbot Point Coal Terminal.
The project’s EIS will be available for public comment until 12 December.