The industry has celebrated the opening of the a new $1.76 billion coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has congratulated the QCoal Group and JFE Steel Joint Venture on successfully completing construction of its Byerwen Coal Mine, 140km west of Mackay.
50 years of work
Once fully operational the mine will produce up to 10 million tonnes of coking coal each year for export to Japan, Europe, India and South East Asia.
“The Byerwen coal mine has a potential life of more than 50 years, which means a long-term pipeline of jobs and investment in North and Central Queensland,” QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said in a public statement.
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This will create 1000 construction jobs plus a further 500 permanent positions, mostly filled by locals from the nearby regions.
Head contractor Macmahon Holdings is hiring multiple allrounder operators while drilling and blasting contractor Orica is recruiting operation technicians.
Must have experience
Applicants must have at least two years’ experience in coal mining operating heavy machinery and be able to obtain medicals and a manual driver’s licence.
“More than half of the workers currently at the mine are from the Isaac, Whitsunday and Mackay regions,” Macfarlane said. “Almost half of the spend during construction was in Queensland and in operations more than three quarters of the spend is in our state.”