The Galilee Basin is set to create 25,000 new jobs with new mines being developed by Hancock Coal, Waratah Coal, Adani, and several other companies ““ and a major expansion of the Abbot Point export terminal and associated infrastructure.
In addition to new mines, six companies have announced major expansion projects ““ BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Anglo, Vale, Xstrata and Peabody.
And $1billion a year will be spent by the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation for eight years to convert the Abbot Point terminal into a 12-berth port so it can handle coal exports which will increase from the current 20Mtpa (million tonne per annum) to 320Mtpa.
The opening up of the Galilee Basin is a tremendous opportunity for the Whitsunday region, Enterprise Whitsundays CEO Andrei Koeppen said yesterday.
The mining activity will bring with it demand for housing, food, transport, services and recreation.
The boom is expected to create 25,000 new jobs for the region when the building of new infrastructure is taken into consideration, Mr Koeppen said.
Rail link to unlock new coal mining exports and jobs
Construction of the “missing rail link”ť connecting the Galilee Basin to Abbot Point would unlock a new Queensland coal resource with BHP Billiton being given the capacity to export 50-60Mtpa, Hancock Coal getting 60Mtpa, and other companies being allocated 180Mtpa.
The Abbot Point expansion will provide significant economic benefit to both Mackay and Townsville and would create 2700 direct full-time jobs and almost 7000 flow-on jobs in Queensland during peak construction.
Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the worldâ€™s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queenslandâ€™s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Caterpillar Haul truck 793
The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.
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Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.