The China Stone Coal Project is located toward the northern end of the Galilee Basin, about 270km south of Townsville and 300km west of Mackay.
The project is estimated by the proponent to cost $6 billion1 and was initially scheduled to begin production in 2014 or 2015, but this date has been pushed back numerous times. In October 2014 the company indicated that first production is now scheduled for 20182.
In documentation submitted to the Queensland Government, Macmines anticipates the project will produce 55 million tonnes of run of mine coal per year, with 38 million tonnes per year of thermal coal slated for export3. The expected life of the mine is in excess of 40 years.
The project would consist of four underground longwall mines and one open-cut mine. The project site would cover an area of approximately 20,000 hectares4 .
The proponent is currently preparing the Environmental Impact Statement for the project and has submitted documentation to the federal Environment Department for assessment.