Talk:Queensland and coal

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CoalPlan 2030

Coal seam gas in Queensland

Bowen Basin

Gen coal links


The projects could create up to 13,000 construction jobs and 4400 operational jobs.

Landowner concerns


ABARE project listing

Minerals and energy Major development projects – April 2010 listing

Michael Lampard and commodity analysts May 2010

completed projects Mining - energy projects Black coal Blackwater Creek Diversion Qld Wesfarmers $130m Black coal Carborough Downs longwall Qld Vale US$330m (A$375m) Black coal New Acland (stage 3) Qld New Hope Coal $36m

Coal mine and coal infrastructure projects account for 13 per cent ($10.6 billion) of the estimated $80 billion capital cost of all advanced energy projects. The largest coal mine development is Rio Tinto’s US$1.3 billion Clermont opencut mine in Queensland. The Clermont mine, due for completion in 2010, is expected to produce 12 million tonnes of thermal coal a year and to replace production from the existing Blair Athol mine. Another Rio Tinto project, the US$991 million Kestrel project near Emerald in Queensland, will have an increased annual production capacity of 1.7 million tonnes of coking coal. In New South Wales, Xstrata Coal’s $1 billion Mangoola (Anvill Hill) opencut mine development near Muswellbrook is expected to have a capacity of 9 million tonnes of thermal coal when completed in 2012. Another large coal mine under construction in New South Wales is Stage 1 of the Moolarben project. The $405 million project will enable 8 million tonnes of production from an opencut mine (2010) and 4 million tonnes of production from an underground mine (2012).

Apart from those already listed, nine other advanced coal mine developments in Queensland and New South Wales are expected to raise coal production capacity by 22 million tonnes a year over the next three to four years. The combined capital cost of these nine projects is $1.8 billion. The large number of coal projects recently commissioned and scheduled for completion in the short to medium term has provided the impetus for expanding coal infrastructure (rail and port) capacity. At the end of April 2010, there were five coal terminal expansions and six rail expansions either committed or under construction. In terms of capital expenditure, the largest of these projects is the first stage of the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group’s export terminal at the Port of Newcastle. When completed this year, the US$1.1 billion terminal will have a coal loading capacity of 30 million tonnes. Further upgrades to the terminal could increase annual coal handling capacity to 66 million tonnes a year. Also at the Port of Newcastle, Port Waratah Coal Services recently approved an expansion to increase the capacity of Kooragang Island Coal Terminal by 20 million tonnes to 133 million tonnes. The project, which is expected to be completed in 2012, has a capital expenditure of $670 million. This expansion project is in addition to the current expansion and refurbishment being undertaken at Kooragang Island Coal Terminal which is aimed at increasing coal loading capacity by 11 million tonnes at a cost of $458 million. In Queensland, the Abbott Point Coal Terminal X50 expansion at Bowen is due for completion in 2011. At a cost of $818 million, the expansion will increase annual coal loading capacity from 25 million tonnes to 50 million tonnes a year. Major rail projects include the Goonyella to Abbot Point rail project and the duplication of the track between Coppabella and Ingsdon and the Minimbah Bank Third Rail Line (stage 1). At $1.1 billion, the Goonyella to Abbot Point rail project is the largest committed. Expected to be completed in 2012, the project will link the Goonyella rail system to the Newlands rail system as well as upgrade the existing Newlands system, adding 50 million tonnes to the capacity of the Queensland rail network. In total, coal infrastructure projects have an estimated capital cost of $4.8 billion or 45 per cent of total committed capital expenditure in the coal Industry.