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Steve Beale and Chris Dunphy, MIPEC Construction St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba RObbie Falconer and Paula McDonald mining Suzanne Brown and Scott McSwann (McKays Solicitors) Port Ray Fairweather (L-R) Ian Gray, Annetta Gray (G&S Engineering), Phil Geach and Elle Geach (Werner Engineering). mine dragline Jason Kelly of Mackay Conveyor Equipment accepts the Chasing Foreign Markets Award from sponsor Helloworld Mackay and Mt Pleasant’s Mark Walter. csg (L-R) Matthew Perre(Helloworld) , Stacey Cole, (Helloworld) Craig Wood and Debra Wood (SEW Eurodrive).

Green field project approved
BRAVE decision to generate 100 jobs and significant construction opportunity.
Wednesday 04 November 2015  

MURPHY Pipe & Civil has picked up the rail civil works package for Qcoal’s Byerwen coal project near Glenden, and the company is expected to announce further details on preferred contractors before the end of this month.

Qcoal confirmed the appointment to Shift Miner this week and says they will start building the mine before the year is out.

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 and rich-lister Chris Wallin.

In a statement to Shift Miner a Qcoal spokesperson confirmed the project.

“ The first of the mining leases required for the Byerwen Coal Project was granted in April 2015, and construction of stage 1 of the project will commence on this lease later this year,” the spokesperson said.

“Stage 1 of the project is expected to create up to 100 jobs during construction and employ approximately 300 people in operations, and first coal from the Byerwen project is expected in late 2016.  

“Final award of contracts for the project is yet to commence, however Murphy Pipe and Civil has been announced as the preferred contractor for the rail civil works package, subject to final commercial arrangements.

“Procurement for rail earthworks, civil earthworks and supply of electrical equipment for the project is already in the secondary stages of the tender process with announcements expected soon.”

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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