Moorlands coal mine eyes November construction

A NEW coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin is planning to start production by May 2021 and operate for the next 20 years.

The Townsville Bulletin is reporting the Moorlands Project is in the western Bowen Basin, about 250km southwest of Mackay and close to the Blair Athol Coal Mine.

Details of the project have been put forward before but the mine’s size has been changed after concern from nearby landholders.

Hannigan and Associates and Blackwood Coal, both owned by Chinese corporation Huaxin Energy, are applying for the mining leases.

In its mining lease it shows the project would be an open cut thermal coal mine, producing 1.9 million tonnes a year.

The company is hoping to begin production in May 2021.

“It is anticipated that during operation a steady state workforce of between 145 to 160 people will be employed,” the application said.

Providing approval is granted and finances are in line, Huaxin Energy is hoping to start construction in November this year. This is expected to take between 18-24 months.

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