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A $1.3 billion Dysart coal project set to generate 1000 jobs in construction and 500 in peak operation has entered the next stage in the approvals process.

Public submissions opened this week (May 24) on the Environmental Impact Statement for BMA’s Saraji East project.

The project would see a new underground coal mine developed adjacent to the existing Saraji open-cut mine mine in the Bowen Basin.

However a BMA spokesman said today no decision had been made at this stage on whether to proceed.

“BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) is advancing an Environmental Impact Statement and seeking various approvals to secure mining leases and enable future development options adjacent to Saraji mine,” he said.

“Studies are underway to understand the potential for future development opportunities and respective timing, however no decision has been made.”

The proposed Saraji East longwall operation would mine up to 11Mtpa ROM metallurgical coal to produce up to 8Mtpa of product coal.

It would have a lifetime of 22 years, including construction and operations (followed by a nominal 10 years for decommissioning and rehabilitation).

The Saraji East development would include construction of a new CHPP, water management system, rail spur and balloon loop, among other supporting infrastructure.

BMA expects the project to involve a $1.3 billion investment in terms of capital expenditure to bring Saraji East online and an outlay of $5.9 billion in operational costs over two decades.

“Overall the EIS found that the benefits afforded by the Saraji East Mining Lease Project provide a strong justification for the project to proceed and that while potential impacts have been identified, the proposed mitigation measures will minimise these impacts,” the proponent’s executive summary states.

“The project will allow BMA to expand its production capacity in the Bowen Basin to meet current and future market demands for its coal products.

“The project will produce metallurgical coal for export, generate jobs and result in increased investments and royalties for Queensland.”