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Underground coal mine reopens in Bowen Basin

Gregory Crinum Coal Mine
Gregory Crinum Coal Mine

A Japan-backed general trading company has resumed work at an underground coal operation in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

Sojitz Corporation recently reopened the old Gregory Crinum Coal Mine, 60km northeast of Emerald. Ventilation work is underway in the existing mine pit and a manned entry is planned for October, with further underground testing to follow.

The underground pit is expected to be fully operational in the middle of 2021, at which point the mine will employ more than 300 workers.

Hiring now

Current vacancies include:

  • mine managers (multiple positions)
  • health and safety superintendent
  • health and safety advisor
  • driver
  • auto electricians (multiple)
  • dragline operator
  • injury management officer
  • mine accountant
  • health and safety superintendent
  • leading hand – high voltage electrician
  • senior supervisor – mining
  • open cut examiner
  • blast hole drillers.

Successful candidates will be offered a choice of rotating rosters of seven days on and seven days off, five days on and four days off, four days on and five days off, and five days on and two days off. There will also be housing allowance, company supplied transport, salary packaging for remote area benefits, locality allowance, shared housing options and education support.

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Closed for years

“It is well before 2015 when that particular operation shut, so after five or 10 years of dormant position of that underground you do not know what the condition of that place is,” Sojitz managing director and chief executive Cameron Vorias told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“We have got to test the environment to make sure that the atmosphere is good enough for people to work in … we know there is water under there and so we need to make sure the environment is safe for our people to go back in. Once we get underground, we can ascertain what the condition of it is, and we will work out what our restart plan will be.”

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The proponent completed the mine acquisition from subsidiaries of BHP and Mitsubishi Corporation back in early 2019, and only resumed open-cut pit mining in August 2020.

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