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Olive Downs Coking Coal Project Receives Approval

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The Olive Downs Coking Coal Project (“Olive Downs”) has been approved by Queensland’s Coordinator General and is expected to begin producing coal for steelmaking as early as next year, (2020).

About the Olive Downs Coking Coal Project:

The Olive Downs Coking Coal Project developed by Pembroke Resources will be a world class independent and large-scale producer of metallurgical coal, delivering high quality coking coal and PCI products to key markets including Japan, South Korea, China and India.

Olive Downs is located in the Isaac Region approximately 40 km south-east of Moranbah.

Key features:

  • open-cut metallurgical coal mine
  • coal handling and preparation plant
  • 18 km rail spur and on site rail loop
  • raw water pipeline connecting to the Eungella pipeline network
  • private access roads
  • electricity transmission line waste
  • water and sewage treatment plants

New Jobs for the Region

During the construction stage of the site, it is estimated that 500-700 jobs will be created in 2019-20, with a further 300-500 construction jobs around 2027. When the mine is operational, 480 new jobs will be created by 2020 and 960 jobs by 2021, with an increase to 1,300 jobs in 2033, ongoing until around 2050.*

Read more about the Olive Downs Coking Coal Complex project on the Pembroke Resources website.

Isaac Regional Council Media Release:

Isaac Regional Council has welcomed an announcement that the region’s Olive Downs mine project will be subject to the provisions of Queensland’s Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act.

Mayor Anne Baker said the $1 billion Olive Downs project, being developed by Pembroke Resources, would eventually become one of the world’s largest metallurgical coal mines.

“The workforce management provisions of the Act, which prohibit the employment of a 100% fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforce, are just one element of this legislation, which Council successfully lobbied long and hard for,” she said.

“The provisions of the Act also require the potential social and economic impacts of a major project on nearby local communities – those within a 125km radius – to be appropriately considered and addressed. For the Olive Downs project those nearby communities in Isaac region include: Moranbah, Dysart, Clermont, Coppabella, Glenden, Middlemount and Nebo.

“At Council’s request, the Isaac coastal communities of Carmila and St Lawrence were also included as nearby communities to Olive Downs under the Act, in addition to the inclusion of Middlemount relative to the Cook Colliery mine near Blackwater.”

Mayor Baker said Council was committed to ensuring the communities which bear the impacts of significant resources development also benefited from a genuine economic and social dividend.

“Council is still awaiting a response from the Office of the Coordinator-General in relation to our request that Clermont and neighbouring areas be considered for inclusion as nearby communities to the Carmichael Mine under the provisions of the Act,” she said.

“Whilst Clermont is the closest population to the Carmichael Mine site, it is just outside the 125km radius to automatically qualify as a ‘nearby community’ and Council has advocated for the use of discretionary powers under the Act to effect this change.

“Council has received direct undertakings from Adani that there will be employment and business opportunities for Clermont-based workers and service providers at the Carmichael Mine, but we want to see this formalised by a declaration under the Act. Council and the community of Clermont expect no less given the unwavering support shown for the Carmichael Mine by local residents.”

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