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Dugald River Mine

We’ve had a whip around the state to provide you with a small sample of proposed mining and energy projects to keep your eye on, and updates on current developments.


The Dugald River Project was approved in July, 2015, and once operating, it will be one of the top 10 zinc mines in the world. The $1.4b mine is set to deliver an annual production of 160,000 tonnes of (contained) zinc in concentrate, and almost a million ounces of silver a year over the estimated 30-year mine life. The project was granted “prescribed project” status earlier this year, fast-tracking approvals.

WHO IS IT? MMG Limited

WHERE IS IT? 85km northeast of Mt Isa, 65km northwest of Cloncurry.

HOW MANY JOBS? 600 jobs during construction and about 400 jobs during operation.

WHEN? Construction is anticipated to begin in mid-2016, and should commence in 2016 with first production expected in 2018.


The Meteor Downs South project, located in the Central Highlands, is projected to produce up to 1.5 million tonnes a year of export grade thermal coal with a 10-year lifespan. The project received Environmental Authority approval and mining leases in 2015.

WHO IS IT? Joint venture between U&D and Sojitz

WHERE IS IT? 30km northwest of Rolleston and 45km southeast of Springsure

HOW MANY JOBS? More than 60 jobs in the construction phase, and 50 to remain during the first two years of operation.

WHEN? The project can not start until a suitable transport solution is found. A full engineering review on construction of a new rail loop off the Bauhinia line had been completed. It would take 15 months to build, with a four-month construction period before first coal is mined.


The $800m bioenergy project has just received $3m funding support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to build the business case for the renewable biofuel production facility. The plant is designed to produce up to 350 million litres of fuel grade bio-ethanol per annum, which would increase Australia’s production by 80 per cent. RDA intends to grow its own sugarcane and sweet sorghum for biofuel production and will also process biomass waste with advanced and innovative processing techniques that would make the plant entirely self sufficient, renewable and independent of the grid.

WHO IS IT? Renewables Developments Australia (RDA)

WHERE IS IT? Pentland, near Charters Towers in North Queensland

HOW MANY JOBS? If construction proceeds, it is expected to create 500 jobs during construction and up to 200 permanent positions after construction is complete.

WHEN? The business case is due for completion by November 2016.


Shandong Energy’s Hillalong Coal Project will be located in the Bowen Basin. The open-cut and underground mine is expected to produce up to 1.8 million tonnes a year of high-volatile coking and thermal coal. The project underwent an environmental impact assessment with submissions closing on May 31, 2016. Mining operations are proposed for 17 years.

WHO IS IT? Shandong Energy Australia

WHERE IS IT? 170km west of Mackay and 15km east of Glenden

HOW MANY JOBS? 400 during construction, and 436 during operations. The majority of the workforce would be DIDO.

WHEN? Development is expected to begin in 2018.


The Queensland Government approved a massive $31 million overhaul of the Callide B Power Station in May. Callide Power Station is comprised of two operating power plants, Callide B and C. When operating at full capacity the Callide Power Station produces 1,510 megawatts of electricity which is enough to power approximately two million homes. Callide B alone has two generating units, each with a capacity of 350 megawatts.

WHO IS IT? CS Energy Limited

WHERE IS IT? 18 kilometres east of Biloela in Central Queensland

HOW MANY JOBS? 350 direct jobs.

WHEN? The overhaul is expected to start on July 30, and will take about two months.

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