Location: 150 km north of Blackall QLD – Galilee Basin
Project Manager: Alpha Coal Management (Joint Venture)
Project Owner: Department of State Development – QLD Government
Phase: Approved with conditions
Jobs Created: 1600 Construction then 1288 Operational
The development of the South Galilee Coal Project (SGCP) consists of an initial 3 Mtpa truck and shovel open cut development with coal exported through the Port of Gladstone.
The operational plans for the 3 Mtpa development will utilise existing Alpha-Emerald-Blackwater rail system through the Port of Gladstone. This will include minimal rail line upgrades required, as development will utilise new age rolling stock which reduces axle loads.
SGCP then has the ability to expand to approximately 15 Mtpa in the longer term once market demand and greenfield rail infrastructure has been developed.
The expansion relies on third party access to a new railway to Abbot Point, port capacity at Abbot Point and the provision of an external power and water supply in conjunction with the other southern Galilee Basin mining proponents.
Due to the significant coordinated operational requirements for this project, the passage of the EIS is critical to ensuring plant construction to assist the SGCP is executed smoothly and maintains its timeline for implementation and production.
The geology of the mine consists of an open cut and underground capability, resulting in a likely life span of 33 years, ensuring long term career opportunities for mining industry specialists.