The opening of Byerwen coal mine in North Queensland is a testament to the strength and diversity of the state’s mining sector. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.
Macfarlane attended the official opening of the mine in the Bowen Basin. Which will produce up to 10 million tpy of metallurgical coal. The mine is a joint venture between QCoal Group and JFE Steel.
Macfarlane said, Every new mining job in Queensland leads to at least another four jobs in associated industries and adds to the budget bottom line for every Queenslander.
Mines are part of the local community and during both construction and operations, QCoal Group has kept track of its spending and employment.
Almost half of the spend during construction was in Queensland, and operations more than three-quarters of the spend is in our state. More than half of the workers currently at the mine are from the Isaac, Whitsunday and Mackay regions.
The high-quality coal mined here will be exported to Japan, Europe, India, Southeast Asia, further strengthening Queensland’s reputation as a world-leading supplier of metallurgical coal that is essential for modern cities and supplying day-to-day essentials.
Each tonne of coal exported also delivers returns for all Queenslanders through royalty taxes that pay for Schools, Roads, Hospitals and public transport.
Queensland resource industry benefits all of us, form the workers at the mine site, to regional communities and down to the Southeast corner.
The Byerwen coal mine has a potential life of more than 50 years, which means a long-term pipeline of jobs and investment in North and Central Queensland.
About 1000 were employed during construction. The mine will have a permanent workforce of more than 500 people during operations. The Queensland resources industry already supports more than 316 000 jobs across the state. It also earns 80% of Queensland’s exports as well as generating more than US $5 billion in royalties. These royalties go to the Queensland government to reinvent services and infrastructure for all Queenslanders.
Article courtesy of World Coal Magazine