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Queensland Coal Mine Development – Galilee Basin Mining Jobs of the Future

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Galilee Basin, Central Queensland – 12 new coal mines proposed.

Queensland Coal Mine Development – Galilee Basin Mining Jobs of the Future

If you’re searching for a mining job in Queensland and you’re searching long-term, look to the Galilee Basin in Queensland. There are many coal projects proposed for development in the Galilee Basin which at the moment are not very advanced.

Alpha North

This 40 million tonne per year project has open-cut and underground mines and is located north of the Kevin’s Corner project.

The Kevin’s Corner Mine development is a well delineated thermal coal deposit in a premium location of the Galilee Basin, Queensland, Australia. Kevin’s Corner is located immediately to the north and adjacent to the preceding Alpha Coal Project.

The Kevin’s Corner thermal coal deposit is owned by Hancock Galilee Pty Ltd (HGPL), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the GVK Group. It was previously owned by Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd. until 2011.

The Kevin’s Corner mine development is based upon a JORC (Joint Ore Reserves Committee, 2004) compliant resource of 4.2Bt, including 473Mt in reserve category, modelled from drilling of approximately 800 drill holes since the 1970’s.

The project’s proponent is Clive Palmer’s Waratah Coal. The project would produce thermal coal for export.

The approvals process for this project has not started, with Waratah Coal likely to focus on developing China First before beginning Alpha North.

For more information see the website.

Alpha West

The Alpha West project is located immediately west of the Alpha project, and is owned by GVK Hancock Coal. The coal resource indicates a 24 million tonne per year peak production. The project is expected to be an underground coal mine. The proposal would use the rail line and export terminal proposed to service the Alpha and Kevin’s Corner projects.

A concept study has been completed but the approvals process for this project has not started, with the proponent focusing on developing the Alpha and Kevin’s Corner projects.

For more information see the website.


The Degulla Project is a proposal located in the central Galilee Basin. Brazilian mining company Vale owns the project and has not progressed past exploration stage. Vale has stated the mine would have a 20-45 million tonnes per year capacity, mined from open-cut pits and underground longwall mines.

The Degulla Project been for sale since June 2013 and development is stalled while Vale tries to find a buyer.

Pentland,  Clyde Park and  Hughenden

The Pentland, Clyde Park and Hughenden coal projects are located at the northern edge of the Galilee Basin, west of Townsville. The Mt Isa rail line runs past these projects to the Townsville Port. All three projects are owned by Guildford Coal.

All three projects are at the exploration stage, with some additional feasibility studies being done for the Hughenden project and a mining licence application lodged for Clyde Park.

For more information visit the proponent’s website for its Pentland, Clyde Park and Hughenden projects.

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