Special report: Your next job could be in the GALILEE BASIN

MINING DAILY has a closer look at the biggest projects in the Galilee Basin.

In the last week, a proposed coal mining project in Central Queensland and a clean coal-fired power station have been declared a significant projects by Queensland’s Coordinator-General, Colin Jensen. Given that almost 6,000 jobs will be needed for these two projects alone, on top of the 6,000 needed for Waratah’s proposed Galilee Coal mine, it’s likely a substantial number of MINING DAILY readers will work on the projects: so MINING DAILY took a closer look at the biggest projects in the Galilee Basin.

Project: Kevin’s Corner project.

Status: Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Active.

Location: About 56 km north of Alpha, 130 km south-west of Clermont.

Description: Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd (HPPL) proposes to establish a 30 Mtpa (Mtpa) coal mine in the Galilee Basin, central Queensland, to service international export markets for thermal coal. The project is the second for HPPL, with the Alpha Coal Project on adjoining land. The proposed mine, with open-cut and underground operations, is expected to have a mine life in excess of 30 years. In addition to the mine, the project involves construction of a rail spur to connect the mine to the proposed Alpha Coal railway project to transport processed coal to a new or expanded port export terminal. Development of new water and power supply infrastructure is also necessary for the mine. The Kevin’s Corner project proposes to use the transport facilities of the Alpha Coal project; the multi-user rail and port facilities and the aerodrome. The rail and port will be designed to cater for more than the combined production level of both the Kevin’s Corner and Alpha Coal projects.

Project: Alpha Coal project.

Status: The proponent is preparing an EIS based on Terms of Reference (TOR) requirements.

Location: About 40 km north-west of Alpha, approximately 450 km west of Rockhampton

Description: HPPL proposes to establish a mine in the Galilee Coal Basin, Central Queensland, to service international export markets for thermal coal. In addition to the mine, the project would involve construction of a railway, potentially in excess of 400 km depending upon the final option, to transport processed coal to an expanded facility at Abbot Point or new export terminal to be established at Dudgeon Point. New major water and power supply infrastructure would be necessary to service the mine and port. The company’s coal tenements contain a measured, indicated and inferred resource in excess of three billion tonnes. The proposed open cut mine is expected to be developed in stages and have an initial export capacity of 30 Mtpa with a mine life in excess of 30 years.

Project: Galilee Coal project (northern export facility).

Status: The proponent is preparing an EIS based on Terms of Reference (TOR) requirements.

Location: About 450 kilometres west of Rockhampton.

Description: The project involves the construction of an open cut coal mine and attendant infrastructure in the Galilee Basin to the northwest of Alpha.

A new rail line is proposed to link the mine to the Abbot Point State Development Area (APSDA) near Bowen where coal stockyards and associated infrastructure are planned to transfer the coal through the proposed APSDA common-user corridor to the port of Abbot Point for export. Production is expected at up to 40 Mtpa with capacity for future expansion. The project may also include the construction of new water and energy infrastructure to service the mine. The project proponent, Waratah Coal Pty Ltd (Waratah), has identified an inferred resource in excess of four billion tonnes of thermal coal covered by its tenements EPC1053 and EPC1040.

Project: Waratah Galilee Coal project

Status: Proposal Rejected, Waratah Coal Inc has initiated a legal challenge.

Location: About 450 kilometres west of Rockhampton.

Description: Waratah Coal Inc. proposes to establish a mine in the Galilee Coal Basin, Central Queensland, to service international export markets for thermal coal. In addition to the mine, the project would involve construction of a railway, approximately 500 kilometres long, to transport processed coal to a new export terminal to be established in the Shoalwater Bay area. New major water and power supply infrastructure would be necessary to service the mine and port. The proposed open cut mine is expected to be developed in stages and have an initial export capacity of 25 Mtpa with ability to double this output in the future. The new coal port would be located either within or adjacent to the Shoalwater Bay Defence Training Area and be developed initially to handle 50 Mtpa with future expansion in 25 Mtpa increments. Initial exports are targeted for 2012.

*For more information about Queensland Major Projects, visit the Department of Infrastructure and Planning website at www.dip.qld.gov.au.

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