State approval for $1b Moranbah coal mine
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement in Parliament today.
“The mine is expected to create 1000 operational jobs and 500 jobs during construction,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“The project will contribute an estimated $8 billion to the local economy and more than $10 billion to the Queensland economy.”
The Olive Downs project has an expected mine life of about 70 years.
It will produce up to 15 million tonnes of metallurgical coal per year for export via the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal near Mackay.
Member for Mackay and Assistant Minister for State Development Julieanne Gilbert said Pembroke had committed to recruiting locals and people from other regions who might like to move to local towns.
This was the first project that had completed a social impact assessment under the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act as part of the environmental impact statement, she said.
Subject to Commonwealth Government approval, Pembroke Resources expects to commence construction in 2020.
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