One of the nation’s largest pure-play coal mining companies has been given the nod for a major project in Queensland’s Western Downs region.
The State Government has approved Yancoal’s application for mining leases for its Cameby Downs Coal Mine Expansion, 16km northeast of Miles.
The project involves increasing the open-cut mine’s production capacity by 25 per cent to 3.5 million tonnes “run of mine” tonnes per annum while, at the same time, extending the mine’s lifespan to 75 years based on the increased approval limit.
Production is expected to ramp-up immediately, with peak production expected to be reached within 12 months. Up to 20 new jobs will be created in the process.
State Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham praised the latest approval.
“This is a vote of confidence by Yancoal in Queensland’s world-class resources, our infrastructure and our skilled resources workforce,” he said in a public statement. “For Western Downs communities like Miles and Chinchilla, it means greater opportunities for the current and future generations of locals to benefit from a strong resources sector in their region.”