Civil works plans firm up for new Stanmore coal mine
Stanmore aims to deliver first coal from the new open-cut coal mine, at its Isaac Plains complex near Moranbah, in the first quarter of 2022.
In an update this week the company said Civil Mining and Construction had been appointed under an early contractor involvement model.
Their work would enable firm design and construct work packages to be developed ready for execution for the major civil works required to develop Isaac Downs, Stanmore said.
This includes bridgework for an underpass for the Peaks Downs Highway crossing, construction of a haul road to link Isaac Downs and Isaac Plains, and the construction of the flood protection levee.
Isaac Downs will be an open-cut metallurgical coal mine expected to produce about 35 million tonnes of coal over 16 years.
Stanmore has contracted Palaris Australia to manage the bankable feasibility study and the public notice period for the EIS concludes this month.
In its March quarterly report Stanmore said mine planning for Isaac Downs was at an advanced stage.
It is based on a truck and excavator operation establishing the box cuts and mining low strip-ratio coal, followed by a dragline operation.
The company’s existing Isaac Plains complex operations had a strong quarter – mining 813,000 tonnes for 665,000 tonnes of saleable coal.
Stanmore is on track to meet its full year guidance of 2.35 million tonnes of saleable coal.