A coal producer officially started early construction at a $1 billion development in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
Pembroke Resources recently turned the first sod at its Olive Downs Coking Coal Project, 40km southeast of Moranbah.
The ceremony means the proponent is one step closer to recruiting up to 700 construction workers plus a further 1000 operational employees. Most of these positions are promised to be handed to jobseekers based in Dysart, Moranbah and other parts of either Central or North Queensland.
“We are committed to keeping our workforce as local as possible. Olive Downs is already creating valuable jobs throughout the region with early works, from cleaners to signwriters to mining professionals, and we look forward to adding to workforce numbers and building even stronger partnerships with local communities,” Pembroke chairman and CEO Barry Tudor said in a public statement.
“In doing so, we will continue to actively encourage a predominantly locally based workforce because we know this produces the best outcomes for communities and businesses.”
Thiess has already secured the mining services contract for the project and, from early 2023, the successful bidder will spend eight years on mine planning, removing overburden, drilling, blasting, loading, hauling, managing water, rehabilitating final landforms, and other full-service mining activities.
Thiess, which is owned by CIMIC Group and Elliott Advisors, will also construct mine infrastructure, supply all mobile plant and equipment and become the statutory operator. AMR can reveal the deal is worth $1.5B for the first five years alone.
Jobseekers are invited to to submit their CV and cover letter online.
The project involves building an open-cut metallurgical coal mine, coal handling and preparation plant, 18km rail spur, rail loop, raw water pipeline to the Eungella Pipeline network, train load-out facility, coal conveyor, stockpiles, private access roads, electricity transmission line, wastewater and sewage treatment plants.
The operation will be capable of producing up to 15 million tonnes per annum of product that will be exported to Japan, Korea, Mainland China and other countries throughout its 79-year lifespan.
The project has already been granted a mining lease and received both federal and state environmental approvals. Pembroke has also arranged finance with up to $175 million in support from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.
“Olive Downs is the very first mine to be approved under the State Government’s Strong and Sustainable Communities Act,” Tudor said.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, State Resources Minister Scott Stewart, Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry and Isaac Region Deputy Mayor Kelly Vea Vea also attended the ceremony.