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Qcoal commences earthworks
FURTHER work packages to be released shortly.
Wednesday 20 January 2016  

The construction of QCoal’s Byerwen Coal project near Glenden has begun, with preliminary earthworks for the development of a rail loop underway.

A spokesperson for QCoal told Shift Miner this week the construction workforce is expected to grow as soon as new work contracts are awarded.

“In late 2015, rail infrastructure manager Aurizon and civil works contractor Murphy Pipe and Civil mobilised to the Byerwen site and commenced earthworks for the project’s rail loop,” Qcoal said.

“Additional work packages including the civil works, CHPP design and construction and high voltage electrical supply for the project are currently being progressed and are expected to be announced or awarded this quarter.”

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 granted 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.

First coal is expected later this year.

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