Stanmore wins environmental approval for new mine
The company plans to develop Isaac Downs as a satellite operation to its Isaac Plains Complex, with an expected output of 2.5Mtpa saleable coking coal.
The project is expected to employ about 250 people during construction and
300 people once operational. The workforce for Isaac Downs will be transitioned from Isaac Plains mine.
The open-cut coal project received the green light this week under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
The federal approval comes with conditions, including numerous measures to protect ornamental snake (Denisonia maculata) habitat as well as groundwater management and monitoring requirements.
The Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science has completed the EIS process for the planned mine as well.
Stanmore chief executive officer Marcelo Matos last month said Stanmore was in the process of finalising engineering designs for the key pieces of infrastructure required for the Isaac Downs project.
These include a haul road to link Isaac Downs to Isaac Plains, an underpass for the haul road to cross underneath the Peak Downs Highway, and mine infrastructure
including flood protection levees and water dams.
“Mining operations will be progressively transitioned from Isaac Plains to Isaac Downs during the second half of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022, with the coal processing and train loading operations continuing at the Isaac Plains complex to support the new project,” he said.
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