Coal Projects Booming
Hancock Coal`s Alpha Project and Kevin`s Corner mega mines in the Galilee Basin will be capable of delivering 60 million tonnes a year of high quality thermal coal and $430 million in royalties to the Queensland State Government with the first shipments planned for 2013.
A massive boost in job opportunities, with thousands of jobs during construction and up to 3000 sustainable jobs once fully operational — also significant numbers of indirect jobs will be generated in the local region and across the state.
A spokesman said the development was much more than two mines.
It is an integrated supply chain, including all related infrastructure ““ the mine sites, port at Abbot Point and a 495km standard gauge rail link will haul 25,000 tonnes of coal at a time.
The mega mines, 70kms from the Alpha township, will share significant infrastructure with the fly-in-fly-out workforce landing on an all-weather on-site airstrip, and bunking down in a high-standard eco-village.
Xstrata`s Wandoan Coal Mine in central Queensland will be another influential supplier of thermal coal for export and possibly domestic markets, with an expected mine life of 30 years.