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Coal mine jobs will be created at the Anglo American`s Grosvenor coal mine near Moranbah in the north Bowen Basin, 190 kilometres south-west of Mackay. The mine will employ up to 1000 people after recent approval by the Governor in Council.
The $1.71 billion coal mine has met state and federal environmental requirements and will have a mine-life of more than 30 years.
Queensland Mines minister, Andrew Cripps, said the mine was expected to produce up to five million tonnes of high quality hard coking coal for export annually from the underground longwall operation.
He said the coal mine site construction would begin soon, with first coal production from 2013 and longwall mining from 2016.
Local mining jobs and accommodation
Mr Cripps said the mine will deliver direct economic benefits and jobs to the Moranbah community and that Anglo American will work closely with the Queensland government and the local community to address key issues that revolve around the mining industry such as accommodation, availability and infrastructure support.
Residential infrastructure is a critical issue for the area and he said the company planned to build more than 50 new houses and townhouses in the Moranbah area which will help mining families settle close to the mine site.
About the Bowen Basin
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.