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About: The Byerwen open cut coal mining project in north Queensland appears certain to commence construction in 2015, as planned, now that all approvals have been obtained. Project owner, Byerwen Coal Pty Ltd, is in turn owned by QCoal, an Australian coal mining company with 80 percent shareholding, and JFE Steel of Japan which hold 20 percent. It is expected to create up to 350 jobs during the construction stage of the project and over 500 permanent jobs when the open cut mine becomes fully operational.

Byerwen Coal to be Exported to Japan and Asia

The Byerwen coal mining project, that is located 165 kilometres west of Mackay, 20 kilometres from the town of Glenden and about 20 kilometres south of Collinsville, in north Queensland's coal rich Bowen Basin, is expected to produce 10 million tonnes of high quality, metallurgical, hard coking coal a year to supply the export market, mainly to Japan, although some sales of thermal coal will be supplied to other Asian countries.

Byerwen Mine to Last for 50 Years

Although the Byerwen Coal mine will initially be operated as an open cut mine, plans have already been made for it incorporate an underground working at the site, at a later date. The coal from the mine will be transported by rail to the Abbot Point coal terminal from where it will be exported overseas. It is expected that coal mining at the site, at the productivity level proposed, will last for the next 50 years.

Byerwen Coal Pty Ltd will be encouraging its employees to live in the nearby towns of Collinsville, Moranbah, Nebo and Glenden, during the construction phase as well as when the mine becomes operational.

Byerwen Coal's Major Shareholder is QCoal

The major shareholder in Byerwen Coal Pty Ltd is QCoal Pty Ltd, an independent and privately owned Queensland mining company that has been active in Queensland since 1989 undertaking exploration, discovery and development of coal mining projects. Byerwen Pty Ltd is looking to create a sustainable community surrounding the Byerwen mine. It is encouraging developers and planners to come forward to develop the area so it can become a modern community that will attract couples and families to come and live near their workplace and not follow the recent practice of many miners who employ fly-in-fly-out mine workers. It looks on suitable accommodation for miners and their families as an important factor in such a project becoming successful, as it believes such an approach contributes to the mental attitude and well being of its entire workforce.

Byerwen Mine to Consist of Eight Open Pits and an Underground Operation

The Byerwen coal mining project is made up of four distinct mining zones that will host eight open pit mines. Two CHPP (coal handling and preparation plants) are to be constructed along with an augmented and upgraded power supply and two train loading facilities. The mine water supply will be sourced from the Burdekin River via a new pipeline and pumping station.

QCoal is fast becoming a major player in the Queensland mining industry and it has plans to be in a position to produce up to 22 million tonnes of coking coal a year by 2018. Most of this production is expected to come from the company's Byerwen and Drake coal mines.


Since 1989 QCoal have been involved in exploration in Queensland, predominantly in the Bowen Basin. QCoal has a relationship with North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation and QR National to supply coal to export customers through the Abbot Point coal terminal.QCoal and JFE Steel have a Joint more


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