The $1 billion Winchester South mining project in Queensland’s Bowen Basin is closer to reality with final terms of reference for the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS) released recently.
Reaching this milestone allows the proponent, Whitehaven WS, to start working on a draft EIS for public consultation, and is recognised as a key part of the approval process.
Whitehaven WS proposes the Winchester South project as an open cut mine predominately for metallurgical (coking) coal, which is crucial for steelmaking.
Queensland Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said the project, near Moranbah, is expected to deliver 500 new construction jobs and support up to 450 full-time jobs once operational.
If approved, it’s estimated construction of the project would commence in 2021, with the first extraction of coal proposed for 2023.