THE Coordinator-General has released the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the $4.2 billion South Galilee thermal coal project at Alpha in Central Queensland, bringing the massive project one step closer to fruition.
Deputy Premier and the Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said should the project, about 170km west of Emerald, proceed it would be a create about 2900 jobs during the construction and operation phases.
"The proposed project has an open cut and underground mining operation with an estimated mine life of 33 years and, if approved, could mine up to 17 million tonnes of coal a year for the global export market," he said.
"The AMCI and Alpha Coal joint venture has advised that it will employ around 1600 people during the two year construction phase of the project and up to 1290 workers when the mine is operational.
"Add those jobs to the flow-on jobs that will be created in the regions to service this major project and it's clear this project will bring major employment and economic benefits to Queensland."
The proposed project included coal handling infrastructure, a mine water management system, mine access roads, an on-site accommodation village and a rail spur to connect to a common user rail line.
Mr Seeney called for submissions which he would consider in his evaluation of the project.
The South Galilee Coal project EIS will be available for public comment until 5pm Monday, December 3 and is available online from the department website at dsdip.qld.gov.au/sgcp.