Byerwen coal mine to create 1000 jobs

A new Bowen Basin coal mine, officially opened recently, will create almost 1000 jobs.

The Courier-Mail is reporting the $1.76 billion Byerwen project – a joint venture ­between Queensland-based QCoal and Japanese company JFE Steel – exported its first metallurgical coal to the Fukuyama steel works in Japan in January.

Production is expected to start at three million tonnes per annum before increasing to 10 million tonnes a year at full production, with 350 jobs during construction and about 500 when production ramps up.

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