MacMines Austasia submits EIS for $6.7bn Stone Coal Project

26 July 2015 (Last Updated July 26th, 2015 18:30)

MacMines Austasia, the Chinese-owned company planning to develop $6.7bn China Stone Coal project in Queensland, has submitted the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project.

MacMines Austasia, the Chinese-owned company planning to develop $6.7bn China Stone Coal project in Queensland, has submitted the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project.

The project is expected to produce up to 38 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of coal during the mine life of 50 years.

MacMines Austasia plans to mine thermal coal through open-cut and underground mining methods.

Under the open-cut mining operations, it will use multiple draglines and truck and shovel pre-stripping, while the underground operations will include three operating longwalls in two underground mining areas.

"Once operational, the mine is estimated to contribute $5.9bn to the Queensland and Australian revenue through coal royalties over the 50 year life."

Coal mined from the project planned to be washed and processed on-site before it is transported by rail for export.

Queensland minister for state development Dr Anthony Lynham said that the project would provide up to 3,900 jobs during the proposed two-year construction phase and up to 3,400 operational positions.

Lynham said: "This is a significant milestone for this project, which is an important contributor to the ongoing development of the Galilee Basin."

The mine will be located 300km west of Mackay and near the proposed $16.5bn Carmichael mine being proposed by India's Adani Group.

Lynham added: "The China Stone Coal project involves the construction and operation of a greenfield open-pit and underground thermal coal mine within a 20,000ha mining lease area.

"Once operational, the mine is estimated to contribute $5.9bn to the Queensland and Australian revenue through coal royalties over the 50 year life of the mine."

Queensland Government is now seeking comment on the proposed project which can be submitted until 7 September 2015.