Sunday 26th May, 2019

Queensland Government approves coal mine expansion

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An expansion to the Cameby Downs coal mine in Queensland has been approved, and is set to increase production and extend the lifespan at the site.

The open cut mine has been producing thermal coal for export since mid-2010. The current approval is 2.8 million “run of mine” tonnes per annum, which will grow to 3.5 million tonnes.

The planned expansion will extend the mine’s life to 75 years based on the increased approval limit.

Production ramp up is expected to begin immediately, with peak production to be achieved within 12 months.

Queensland Mines minister Anthony Lynham  said for communities in the Western Downs, the approval means greater opportunities for the current and future generations.

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“This is a vote of confidence by Yancoal in Queensland’s world-class resources, our infrastructure and our skilled resources workforce,” he said.

Yancoal is Australia’s largest pure-play coal miner, managing or operating nine coal mines across New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. It employs around 3000 people plus contractors and other service providers. In Queensland, it operates Yarrabee and manages Cameby Downs.

Sepatarely, new owner Sojitz has announced it will re-start production at the Gregory Crinum coal mine near Emerald, Queensland.

The company purchased the project from BMA as part of a $1000 million deal. The site comprises the Crinum underground mine and Gregory open cut mine.