A new mining development received regulatory approval in Queensland’s Central Highlands region.
The State Department of Environment and Science will not require an environmental impact statement for Magnetic South’s Gemini Coal Project, 120km southwest of Rockhampton.
This means the proponent can continue seeking the necessary permits for a new 1.9 million run-of-mine tonnes per annum, metallurgical coal and pulverised coal injection operation.
A Coal Handling and Preparation Plant, an accommodation village, mine office, warehouse, workshop, refuelling facility, wash bay, laydown area and helipad has been proposed.
A surface conveyor, access roads, rail loop, and train load out facility for transport to the Port of Gladstone will be required. A raw water supply pipeline to the Blackwater Pipeline network, 66 kilovolt transmission line, substation, water storage dam, sediment dam, temporary levee, diversion and drain network will also be necessary.
Potential plant and equipment includes drilling rigs, excavators, front end loaders, rear dump trucks, dozers and explosives.
The project is expected to have a 25-year lifespan.
“In this instance, it was determined that the application required an environmental authority that was subject to public notification and robust environmental assessment,” a department spokesperson said according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“This included the assessment of impacts to flora and fauna in the area as well as other environmental values such as noise, air, surface water and ground water.”
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