Plans for the Styx Coal project in Queensland have commenced, expected to create up to 500 jobs in the region.
Spearheaded by Mineralogy subsidiaries Fairway Coal and Styx Coal, it is currently awaiting approval from the Department of Environment and Energy, according to The Daily Mercury.
Located approximately 200km south of Mackay, the project will involve two open cut pit operations and will have a 20-25-year mine life.
“The project will initially involve the mining of approximately two million tonnes per annum with options of increasing to five or 10 Mtpa of high grade thermal coal and/or semi-soft coking coal,” Fairway Coal managing director Nui Harris said.
It is expected to source majority drive-in drive-out workforces, which was welcomed by Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker.
Harris said the project will hire 200 workers during construction and 250 during operations. It also has the option to increase the number of employees to 500 should operations hit maximum throughput tonnages.
Harris added that a new train load out facility will be developed to connect to the existing North Coast Rail Line, allowing coal transportation to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal.
Construction is expected to begin in 2018 after all regulatory approvals.