Plan to make Bar­al­aba min­ing hub of CQ

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

A MIN­ING gi­ant plans to make Bar­al­aba the min­ing hub of cen­tral Queens­land by build­ing a huge mine, with 550 work­ers needed.

Bar­al­aba Coal Com­pany ex­pects to look lo­cally for 150 work­ers to build the open cut mine near Bar­al­aba, and an­other 400 work­ers when the mine is fully op­er­a­tional.

Con­struc­tion of the Bar­al­aba South Project is ex­pected to be­gin in 2019, and pro­duc­tion 6-12 months later, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Bar­al­aba.

The com­pany is ne­go­ti­at­ing ac­cess to Gladstone’s port and use of rail lines to ex­port coal to in­ter­na­tional mar­kets from the project.

Bar­al­aba has asked for ap­proval to mine six mil­lion tonnes per an­num (Mpta) of ther­mal coal over a life of 23 to 40 years.

The com­pany also said the mine would pri­mar­ily use lo­cal sup­pli­ers and con­trac­tors, as is the case at its Bar­al­aba North Project.

Bar­al­aba said its lat­est pro­posed mine was a part of the Bar­al­aba Ex­pan­sion Project, a project to cre­ate a mas­sive min­ing hub around Bar­al­aba, about 192km west of Gladstone.

The com­pany said it was again pur­su­ing the project to make “max­i­mum use” of its in­fra­struc­ture ap­provals, and in­fra­struc­ture it built for its Bar­al­aba North Project.

“(It will) fully utilise the es­tab­lished, con­structed, and ap­proved haulage and rail trans­port in­fra­struc­ture that the com­pa­nies have in­vested sig­nif­i­cantly in,” the com­pany stated.

“The project will be op­er­ated in con­junc­tion with the ex­ist­ing Bar­al­aba North Mine as a mine com­plex.”

Bar­al­aba said most of the con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tional work­force would be sourced lo­cally.

But in its state­ment, it said if fly-in-fly-out work­ers were re­quired, it would house them in Bar­al­aba Car­a­van Park, which has 156 sin­gle ac­com­mo­da­tion units, with ap­proval to build 208 more.

Won­bindi Coal Pty Ltd, a sub­sidiary of which Bar­al­aba owns an 80% share, sub­mit­ted draft terms of ref­er­ence for an En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment to the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment of Her­itage Pro­tec­tion, which were ap­proved in April 2013.

The terms ex­pired two years later as an en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment was not sub­mit­ted.

Bar­al­aba Coal Com­pany de­clined to com­ment.

The price of ther­mal coal tum­bled in the years lead­ing up to Won­bindi Coal’s dead­line for sub­mit­ting an EIS for the project.

The EHP has re­leased the lat­est draft terms of ref­er­ence for the project’s EIS, again sub­mit­ted by Won­bindi Coal Pty Ltd.

EHP is invit­ing writ­ten com­ments on the draft terms of ref­er­ence.

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