Proposal for $6.7 billion coal mine submitted

July 28, 2015

MacMines Austasia has submitted an Environmental Impact Statement for a new $6.7 billion coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

The China Stone Coal project is being proposed by MacMines Austasia which part of the Meijin Energy Group.

The company wants to build a large-scale greenfield coal mine with a yield of up to 38 Mt/a of thermal coal, Australian Mining reported. (http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/News/New-$6-7-billion-coal-mine-proposed-for-the-Galile)

The EIS said the project would create 3900 jobs and contribute $5.9 billion in government royalties over its 50-year lifespan.

Coal will be mined using both open-cut and underground mining methods. Open-cut mining will involve multiple draglines and truck and shovel pre-striping. Underground mining will see up to three operating longwalls in two underground mining areas.

The project includes the construction and operation of an on-site power station, a private airstrip, as well a workforce accommodation village consisting of 3050 rooms.

Queensland Minister for Mining and Natural Resources, Anthony Lynham, said the project would equate to much-needed jobs.