Glenden miner ready for next step
APPROVAL of new mining lease applications to pave way for further development work.
Wednesday 11 May 2016
Qcoal is close to completing the earthworks required for the construction of a rail loop and bridge at its greenfield coal project near Glenden.
A spokesperson for the company says they are continuing to push ahead with the project and are hoping to receive further mining lease approvals shortly which will enable them to commence work on other major mine infrastructure.
“Initial earthworks for the Byerwen Coal Project rail loop are nearly complete and the project is progressing to construction of the rail bridge,” the spokesperson told Shift Miner
“Murphy Pipe and Civil remain on site finalising pavement and drainage work and during May will undertake work on the rail bridge.
“Work continues under the high voltage electrical supply contracts and CHPP design is underway.
“QCoal will continue to progress the early works for the Byerwen project on the granted mining lease while awaiting further mine lease grants.
“The timing of first coal is dependent on the grant of those remaining leases.”
The decision to push forward with the project - despite the current low coal prices - is a strong endorsement of coal’s future by the company's owner Chris Wallin.
The first of the mining leases required for the Byerwen Coal Project was received in April 2015. Stage 1 of the project is expected to create up to 100 jobs during construction and employ approximately 300 people during operation. At full production, Qcoal expects the mine will produce 10 million tonnes of hard coking coal a year, and be a major part of their plan to export 20 million tonnes of coal by 2020.The mine would have a life of at least 50 years, depending on what further drilling of the deposit reveals.
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