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Proposed $1bn Olive Downs coal project in QLD one step closer to construction


Posted by Monica Gameng

Pembroke Olive Downs Pty Ltd’s proposed $1 billion Olive Downs Coking Coal Complex located between Moranbah and Dysart Queensland moves another step closer to commencing construction with the release of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public consultation.

According to Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick, the proposed open cut metallurgical coal mine is expected to create up to 500 jobs annually during construction and it is projected to boost the economy for local communities.

“When the open cut mine is up and running, it could maintain an average of 1,000 operational jobs and produce up to 15 million tonnes of coal per year.

“Importantly, Pembroke Resources will encourage workers to live in local towns like Moranbah, Nebo, Dysart and Middlemount and provide necessary accommodation for them there, which is exactly what our government’s Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act is about,” Mr Dick said.

This mining project will include:

  • Coal handling and crushing facilities at the mine’s Olive Downs South and Willunga precincts
  • A rail link to the Norwich Park Branch railway that will be used to transport coal to Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal
  • A water pipeline that will connect to the existing Eungella Pipeline, a power transmission line and access roads

Once the Olive Downs mine is up and operational, it will be one of the largest metallurgical coal mines in the world.

“Metallurgical or coking coal is used to make steel, a critical component of many aspects of the modern economy used widely in the automotive, construction and manufacturing sectors and in everyday items like motor vehicles, toasters, fridges and bridges.

“The resources sector is fundamental to jobs and business opportunities, particularly in our regional communities, and rigorous but also timely environmental assessment processes are important to keeping this vital industry sustainable,” Mr Dick said.

olive_downs_map_v04Project location (source: Pembroke Resources)

As part of the Coordinator-General’s environmental assessment process, comments and feedback from the public as well as agencies will be considered and coordinated on the overall assessment of the impacts and benefits of the project.

“The independent Coordinator-General has reviewed the draft EIS and has determined that it is satisfactory to release for comment.

“The public are now invited to make a submission on the draft EIS.” Mr Dick said.

Interested parties who want to have their say on the project, can make a submission at the Queensland Government’s Consultation Hub and local public libraries until 18 October 2018.

Isaac region Mayor Anne Baker said that the mineral resources industry has been supporting the local communities in the region. The Mayor added that the Isaac Regional Council will continue to support “responsible mining developments” that deliver positive benefits for the region’s residents and local communities.

“The Isaac region is responsible for producing more than half of the State’s saleable coal and we are currently experiencing a resurgence in the sector, with strong demand for world-class coal.

“The coking coal to be produced from the Olive Downs Complex will be a crucial component in global steel production in the decades to come. Our region is feeding, powering and building communities,” Cr Barker said.

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Source: Queensland Government (1, 2); Pembroke Resources

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.