Proposed Central Queensland Coal Project (Styx Coal Project)
Central Queensland Coal Pty Ltd and Fairway Coal Pty Ltd, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Mineralogy Pty Ltd, are the proponents for development of a greenfield open-cut coal mine and associated project infrastructure which would involve the extraction of up to ten million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of product thermal and coking coal for the export market over a life of 20 years. The relevant mining tenures are mining lease application’s (MLA) MLA80187 and MLA700022 covering an area of 3,028 hectares. The proposed project would be located approximately 130 kilometres (km) northwest of Rockhampton and approximately 25km northwest of Marlborough within the Livingstone Shire Council area.
The proposed Central Queensland Coal Project was previously known as the Styx Coal Project.
In response to submissions received on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) the proponent revised the proposed project description to consist of:
- two open-cut mine pits producing up to 10 Mtpa of product coal
- three waste rock stockpiles
- two coal handling and preparation plants
- two mine industrial areas
- a water management system including four on-site water storage dams, two mine industrial area process water dams, and six environmental dams
- two ROM stockpile areas and product stockpile pads
- fuel, oil, explosives storage facilities
- haulage roads and a conveyor system to transport coal to a new train load-out facility
- a new train load-out facility to transport coal from the mine via the existing North Coast Rail Line to Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal.
The proposed project would employ up to 275 construction employees and up to 500 operational employees. The local towns of Marlborough, Ogmore and St Lawrence would be used to accommodate drive-in drive-out workers. An accommodation camp may be developed outside the proposed project area and would be subject to local government assessment and approval independently of this EIS.
Potential water sources for the proposed project are from groundwater and/or surface water. Power would be supplied from on-site diesel generation units and the realignment of an existing 22kV power line.
Queensland Government assessment process (EIS) process
Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Queensland)
On 24 January 2017 the department approved an application for Fairway Coal Pty Ltd to voluntarily prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed project under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act).
Australian government assessment process
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth)
The proposed project was determined to be a controlled action (EPBC 2016/7851) under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
The controlling provisions are sections 12 and 15A (World Heritage properties), 15B and 15C (National Heritage places), 18 and 18A (listed threatened species and communities), 20 and 20A (listed migratory species), 24B and 24C (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park ), 23 and 24A (Commonwealth marine area) and 24D and 24E (A water resource, in relation to coal seam gas development and large coal mining development).
The proposed project will be assessed under the bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and the State of Queensland (section 45 of the EPBC Act) using the EIS prepared under the EP Act.
Proponent responds to submissions
The process for the assessment of this project is as follows:
- Submission of draft TOR
- Public notification of draft TOR
- Final TOR issued—EIS in preparation
- Public notification of EIS
- Proponent responds to submissions
- EIS assessment report
On 2 February 2018 the proponent applied for a 12-month extension to the period to respond to submissions on the EIS. The department agreed to the longer period to allow the proponent to address all submissions received on the EIS.
On 22 May 2018 the proponent provided a response to the submissions and an amended EIS. Subsequently, the proponent requested an additional two-year period to provide responses to those key matters raised in the department’s submission and other advisory bodies’ submissions on the amended EIS. The proponent was required to submit the updated EIS on or before 18 June 2020.
While the proponent has provided a response to the advisory body submissions and an amended EIS, the department has advised the proponent to provide information to adequately respond to key submissions and review comments on the EIS.
Copies of publicly available documents can be obtained by accessing the links below or by contacting the proponent, Central Queensland Coal Pty Limited, on 07 3832 2044, email email@example.com or see www.cqcoal.com.au.
For further information about the EIS process for this proposal, contact the EIS Coordinator on 13QGOV (13 74 68) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.