Glencore has been granted the first mining leases for its proposed $7 billion major coal development in the Surat Basin in Queensland’s south-west region.
Glencore first applied for the leases back in 2007, and the project’s Environmental Impact Statement was approved by the Coordinator-General in November 2010. The project also received its environmental approval from the Commonwealth Government in March 2011.
Once operational, the mine will be able to produce up to 22 million tonnes of high-quality thermal coal each year.
The Wandoan mine is set to become the first major coal project of this scale in the Surat Basin, and it will require a rail link to the Port of Gladstone for export purposes.
Glencore said in a statement: “The Wandoan Coal Project will require a multi-billion dollar capital investment for both the mine and related rail infrastructure.”
This project is expected to create up to 1,300 jobs during its construction as well as a further 800 operational jobs when the mine is up and running.