China Stone coal mine (and 5000 jobs) further delayed
THE proposed China Stone thermal coal mine project in the Galilee Basin that has been simmering in the background of other more high-profile mining projects is further delayed and not expected to be operational until 2018 at the earliest.
The $5 billion project was expected to create up to 5000 jobs in Central Queensland through construction and into operation.
Chinese coal mining company Meijin Energy Group, operating in Queensland as MacMines Austasia, is yet to formerly lodge an Environmental Impact Statement for the project 300km west of Mackay.
In a public documents signed off by company CEO Russ Phillips, it is now anticipated that mine construction activities, subject to approvals, will not start until 2016.
The first open-cut coal production is not scheduled to start until 2018 and its first longwall coal production the same year.
The slow-moving project is situated adjacent and north-west of the proposed Carmichael mine.
Coal will be mined using both open cut and underground mining methods and the company expects to produce up to about 55 million tonnes a year.