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QCoal Bowen Basin Byerwen Coal Project

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Bowen Basin Byerwen Coal Project

With so much coal mining activity going on in Queensland, it’s difficult for most people to understand who is doing the digging, where they’re mining and how to go about finding a job.

Thankfully, the internet is the best place to find out this information.

Follow Mike’s story to give you an idea of how to find out everything you need to know about mining jobs for experienced workers or even entry-level mining jobs for new workers.

Mike sent iMINCO an email after one of his mates mentioned how many mines there were in the Queensland Bowen Basin. With so many mining companies and contractors digging our vast coal reserves both above and under ground, where was he to start looking for a job.

Whilst in the pub one night, he overheard a conversation about a little known coal project called Byerwen Coal Project which was being managed by QCoal.

Armed with these basics facts the team at iMINCO was able to send Mike the following information to help him find out more information and for him to decide if he had the skills and experience to work on the project.

About the Byerwen Coal Project in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

  • go to the QCoal website to learn more about the mining company:
  • QCoal Group is an independent Queensland-based company since 1989

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Other information about the Byerwen Coal Project

  • read about the Byerwen Coal Project here on the QCoal website
  • the Byerwen Coal Project is located 20 kilometres west of Glenden in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
  • when fully operational the Byerwen Mine will produce up to 10 million tonnes of hard coking coal per year
  • coal from the Byerwen Mine will be transported by rail to Abbot Point Coal Terminal for export
  • stage 1 construction activities have started, with contractors mobilised on site
  • 300 construction jobs
  • 500 permanent production mining jobs (standard 11 mining induction required)
  • possibility of entry-level mining jobs
  • four mining zones comprising a total of eight open-cut pits
  • mining operations – open cut and underground (longwall possibly)
  • hard coking coal product
  • two coal handling and preparation plants
  • two train loading facilities, including rail loop and spur lines, connected to the existing line to Abbot Point
  • augmented power supply
  • production expected to be 10 million tonnes per year
  • Byerwen Coal Pty Ltd (joint venture between QCoal Pty Ltd and JFE Steel)

QCoal Group is currently progressing the remaining mining leases required for the project through the statutory approval process. For those interested in finding out more about the project visit the Queensland State Development website:  QCoal Byerwen coal project


Mining contractors for Byerwen Hard Coking Coal Project

It was announced that Macmahon Holdings MAH (ASX), has been chosen as the preferred mining contractor (ASX official release) for QCoal’s Byerwen coal mine near Glenden in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

Macmahon will begin to prepare for site operations which will include a full range of open cut mining and bulk earthworks with haul truck/dump truck operations and related machinery. The contract is also expected to have a term at least three years.

Macmahon CEO, Michael Finnegan, said the company was “very encouraged and this is a quality project which will deliver significant benefits to the local and state economy,” he said.

About Macmahon Holdings

This is where you will find out the background on the contractor – which is where the jobs will be.

Macmahon is a leading Australian company providing the complete package of mining services to clients throughout Australia and in New Zealand, South East Asia, Mongolia and Africa.

An ASX listed company, MAH Macmahon’s diverse and comprehensive capabilities provide an end to end service offering to its mining and engineering clients.

Macmahon’s extensive experience in both surface and underground mining has established the Company as the contractor of choice for resources projects across a range of locations and commodity sectors.

About Macmahon (go to the website)


Start your research off by reading through the Macmahon mining jobs and careers section on their website.


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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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.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

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

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