$800 million phosphate mine = 1300 mining jobs - iMINCO Mining Training Information

$800 million phosphate mine = 1300 mining jobs

An $800 million mining lease in the Mount Isa area has been approved and is expected to create more than 1300 jobs and inject a further $200 million a year into the local economy.

Legend International Holdings was given approval for a second mining lease in the North West Queensland Minerals Province and Premier Anna Bligh said it was a positive indication that investors were confident in mining and resources in Queensland.

“With Legend’s estimate of almost 200 million tonnes of mineral reserves in the area, we are looking at a mine with an operational life of 60 years,” she said.

Local government is also welcoming the development of the mine, with Mount Isa MP Betty Kiernan saying the benefits from the project would be widespread and varied.

“With Legend also planning to build a fertiliser plant in Mount Isa and export the product via the Port of Townsville, this will keep the North-West on the international map for many, many years,” Kiernan said.

Mt Isa dependent on mining

“A lot of people in this part of Queensland depend on mining for a job and I’m pleased to see those opportunities keep rolling in.”

Legend International Holding project manager Ed Walker said has applied for a staged development on its two granted mining leases and a third lease covering the project.

“Mine production is planned to start first with high-grade ore from the Paradise North deposit for the first five years,” Mr Walker said.

“The larger Paradise South deposit is then planned to provide high quality phosphatic rock for the fertiliser plant planned for Mount Isa.

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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 world’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 Queensland’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.

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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.

The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™

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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.

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You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.

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