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Big step but small details
Wednesday 22 July 2015  

THE future of the South Galilee Coal Project (SGCP) - one of Queensland’s lesser known mega mine proposals near Alpha - is unclear today despite receiving federal environmental approval this week.

Not a lot is known about the SGCP other than it is just south of Alpha and would, if built, produce around 17 million tonnes of thermal coal a year and generate thousands of jobs in construction and production.

The proponents have also said the project is contingent on other miners, like Adani in the area, going ahead so port and rail infrastructure could be shared.

Part of the problem with getting updates on the venture is that it is jointly owned by two highly secretive billionaires Hans J. Mende and Fritz R. Kundrun who are joint owners of the AMCI group. The other partner in the project is the now defunct Bandanna Energy.

Calls to SGCP are received by an answering service, and so far no one has responded to Shift Miner’s enquiries.

The environmental approval comes with a long list of conditions relating mostly to the management of local wildlife and native plants.

This includes the requirement that 3000 hectares of equivalent habitat be set aside for the snakes, finches, birds, skinks and brigalow that would be affected by the mine’s development.

However, despite all the unknowns, the environmental approval is a major step forward for the project’s owners who have been working through approvals since 2010.


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