With major contractors appointed, a rail loop constructed and first coal expected as soon as October, it’s simple to say that QCoal’s Byerwen Project is well and truly in the construction stage.

Building on a 25-year history of coal exploration and development, QCoal Group’s newest mine is preparing for major operations to commence.

Attendees at the Bowen Basin Mining Club’s July luncheon in Mackay heard from Peter Kane, QCoal Group’s Chief Operating Officer, about the statistics and structure of the Byerwen Mine, 20km west of Glenden.

Key Statistics:

  • 50 year mine life at 10mtpa production
  • Coking coal to be exported via Abbot Point
  • 7 mining leases in total for the project, 3 leases granted so far
  • 350 direct constructions jobs, 500 operational jobs and as many as 5,000 indirect jobs created
  • Traditional Owner workforce target of 6%, peaking as high as 35% during the rail loop project

“We’re giving preference to Australian-manufactured equipment, particularly from suppliers who are competitively priced and compliant with industry standards. All suppliers should have a clear and compelling value proposition, demonstrating their capability as well as their commitment to local and traditional owner employment,” said Mr Kane.

Supplier and contractor engagement for the project is also proceeding, with Macmahon, Sedgman and MPC Group already in place as the major contractors.

Earlier in the morning, selected suppliers attended a QCoal Supplier Matching session, hosted by the Department of State Development in collaboration with the BBMC. DSD’s Nikki Wright says the state government is playing an important role in supply chain development.

“The Department of State Development is delighted to be working with QCoal and one of their prime contractors, Macmahon, to maximise supply chain opportunities for local businesses in the Byerwen Coal Project.”

“Aligning the QCoal supplier forum with the Bowen Basin Mining Club Luncheon provided an excellent opportunity for local businesses to network and hear about opportunities associated with this significant project for the region,” said Ms Wright.

Jodie Currie, Director of the Bowen Basin Mining Club, says the best thing to come out of the industry’s tough time recently has been improved communication and collaboration between government, industry and suppliers.

We’re seeing green shoots in the Bowen Basin with projects like Byerwen and the Caval Ridge Southern Circuit getting off the ground this year, and the level of collaboration is like nothing I’ve seen before. Getting involved in the industry via networking and alliances is certainly the way of the future.”

Tickets go on sale soon for the next BBMC luncheon, which will be held in Rockhampton on Thursday September 21. Tickets will be available from this week at www.bbminingclub.com.

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