More land in Queensland’s coal-rich Bowen Basin is opening for exploration to fuel the next round of mining jobs.
Queensland Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said tenders have opened for five areas with high potential for steel-making coal and thermal coal for electricity and industry.
Dr Lynham said the new blocks also had access to the Bowen Basins world-class existing rail and port infrastructure at Hay Point and Gladstone to get the coal from pit to port cheaper and faster.
The five areas made up of 147 sub-blocks are:
- one 60 km2 area north-east of Moranbah with potential for metallurgical coal
- three areas of six km2 each east of Blackwater providing opportunities for thermal coal and/or pulverised coal injection (PCI) coal used in steel manufacturing
- one 380 km2 area south-east of Emerald with potential for thermal coal.
The bidding companies have to offer cash with their bid.
The preferred tenderers must also meet environmental, native title, and other approvals, as well as land access requirements before on-ground exploration can start. Tenders on October 10.