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Olive Downs Pembroke’s $1bn coal mine approval
The Queensland government has approved one of the Australia’s biggest coalmines, Olive Downs, with the private equity-backed owners Pembroke Resources expecting to spend up to $1 billion on the project in the state’s Bowen Basin near Moranbah.
Queensland mining jobs until 2050
During the construction stage of the Olive Downs mine site, around 500-700 mine jobs will be created in 2019-20, with 300-500 construction jobs around 2027. When the mine is fully operational, 480 new jobs in mining and production will be created by 2020. By 2012 it’s expected 960 new mine jobs at Olive Downs will be active, with an increase to 1,300 jobs in 2033, ongoing until around 2050.
“Coal miners in Central Queensland will have a spring in their step today knowing that a major new project is coming on line to deliver jobs and economic benefit to the region,” said CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth.
“The Queensland Labor Government should be congratulated for its commitment to delivering investment in major resources projects, while also making sure industry standards are maintained and regional Queensland communities are looked after with local jobs,” said Mr Smyth.
“Mining developments should benefit workers and communities, not just multinationals.
“We want to make sure the new coal mining jobs created at Olive Downs are not casual labour hire, but instead permanent jobs with fair pay and entitlements.
Olive Downs site construction begins 2020
The project was approved by Queensland’s independent Co-ordinator-General with mine site construction to begin in 2020. The project has still to be signed off from the federal government.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the approval of the Olive Downs Coking Coal Complex underlined Queensland’s strong resources pipeline across mining and energy.
“My government has helped facilitate more than $20bn in resources projects since January 2015,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “This has helped the Queensland economy continue to grow and it has helped contribute to the 192,000 mining jobs that have been created since January 2015.”
Read more about the Olive Downs project on the government website: Olive Downs mining project to create hundreds of Queensland mining jobs.
Pembroke — controlled by US private equity player Denham Capital — bought Olive Downs in 2016 from Peabody Energy for $120m as part of a set of deals struck during the coking coal downturn.
Olive Downs cost-effective mining
Because of Olive Downs Pembroke’s $1bn coal mine approval, Olive Downs is expected to be a cost effective mine in terms of operating costs with exports to be shipped out of Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal.
The construction phase of Olive Downs will create mining jobs in towns like Moranbah, Nebo, Dysart and Middlemount, and reduce the reliance on fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) staff.
Pembroke Resources is an Australian-based company focused on the acquisition and development of a portfolio of high quality, steelmaking coal assets.
In Australia, Pembroke is developing the Olive Downs Coking Coal Complex, a large scale, world class steelmaking coal mine located in the Bowen Basin of Queensland approximately 40 kilometres south east of Moranbah.
Pembroke, run by former Gloucester Coal managing director Barry Tudor, will create about 1000 mining jobs, with the 15 million-tonne-a-year coal mine to deliver high-quality coal for export to Japan, South Korea and China.
Olive Downs Pembroke’s $1bn coal mine approval
Read more about the environmental impact on the mine in this article on the ABC.
About the Bowen Basin mining region, Queensland.
The Queensland 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 a total area of over 60,000 square kilometres and is located in Central Queensland; running from Collinsville to Theodore. The entire region is home to many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Here's a list of mining companies with operations in the Bowen Basin.
- Peabody Energy Australia Pty Ltd
- New Hope Corporation Limited
- QCoal Pty Ltd
- Hail Creek Holdings Pty Ltd
- Mt Rawdon Operations Pty Ltd
- Glencore Coal Queensland Pty Limited
- Fitzroy Queensland Resources Limited
- Conquest Mining Limited
- Ravenswood Gold Pty Ltd
- BHP Coal Pty Ltd/li>
- Baralaba Coal Company Pty Ltd
- Anglo American Metallurgical Coal Pty Ltd
- Santos Limited (JV with Santos Limited, Petronas Total and Kogas)
- TEC Coal Pty Ltd
- TerraCom Australia
- Coronado Curragh Pty Ltd
- Yarrabee Coal Company Pty Ltd
For a more detailed view of the above list, here's the link to Queensland State Development mines list