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Central Qld coal mine expansion approved

Stanmore Coal workers
Stanmore Coal workers

A mining company will increase production at its coal operation in Central Queensland’s Isaac region.

Stanmore Resources recently approved a new expansion at the existing Isaac Downs Mine, 169km southwest of Mackay.

The proponent plans to increase Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP) capacity from 500 tonnes per hour (tph) to 600 tph run-of-mine (ROM) feed.

This is promised to deliver an annual capacity of more than 4 million tonnes ROM to support “rapid coal uncovery” through the dragline excavator. It is also hoped to achieve higher ROM production rates, especially in the next two years. Stanmore will eventually transition to an owner-operator model for the CHPP.

“The forward plan is for the dragline to transition to Isaac Downs where it will operate for the next two to three years at strip ratios substantially lower than Isaac Plains East. For this reason, during the quarter, the Stanmore board of directors approved approximately $7 million capital expenditure to increase the CHPP capacity.”

EPSA Pacific previously secured the open-cut mining services agreement for the same mine site. ESPA will spend the next five years as the new coal mining operator. QMEB can reveal that deal is worth $564 million.

The following permanent full-time positions have been advertised:

  • maintenance supervisor (multiple positions)
  • dragline maintenance superintendent
  • drill and blast superintendent
  • senior supervisor mining OCE
  • senior maintenance planner
  • senior scheduling engineer
  • production superintendent
  • dragline shutdown planner
  • environmental coordinator
  • dozer/dragline supervisor
  • senior planning engineer
  • maintenance scheduler
  • drill and blast engineer
  • administration officer
  • safety administration
  • electrical supervisor
  • training coordinator
  • excavator operator
  • HR superintendent
  • planning engineer
  • stores supervisor
  • dragline operator
  • light vehicle fitter
  • project surveyor
  • trades assistant
  • senior surveyor
  • dozer operator
  • tyre supervisor
  • plant operator
  • safety officer
  • storeperson
  • boilermaker.

Click here to apply. Successful applicants will be offered either a fly-in fly-out or residential roster, camp accommodation, meals, an attractive salary, superannuation, above-award leave entitlements, training and development opportunities.

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