Galilee vista

The Galilee Basin region in Central Queensland, where 12 new coal mines have been proposed.

There are a number of coal projects proposed for development in the Galilee Basin which are not very advanced. These projects are outlined below.

Alpha North

This 40 million tonne per year project consists of both open-cut and underground mines and is located immediately to the north of the Kevin’s Corner project. The project’s proponent is Clive Palmer’s Waratah Coal. The project would produce thermal coal for export.

The approvals process for this project has not started, with Waratah Coal likely to focus on developing China First before beginning Alpha North.

For more information see the proponent’s web site.

Alpha West

The Alpha West project is located immediately west of the Alpha project, and is owned by GVK Hancock Coal. The coal resource indicates a 24 million tonne per year peak production. The project is expected to be an underground coal mine. The proposal would use the rail line and export terminal proposed to service the Alpha and Kevin’s Corner projects.

A concept study has been completed but the approvals process for this project has not started, with the proponent focusing on developing the Alpha and Kevin’s Corner projects.

For more information see the proponent web site.


The Degulla Project is a proposal located in the central Galilee Basin. Brazilian mining company Vale owns the project and has not progressed past exploration stage. Vale has stated the mine would have a 20-45 million tonnes per year capacity, mined from open-cut pits and underground longwall mines.

The Degulla Project been for sale since June 2013 and development is stalled while Vale tries to find a buyer.

Pentland,  Clyde Park and  Hughenden

The Pentland, Clyde Park and Hughenden coal projects are located at the northern edge of the Galilee Basin, west of Townsville. The Mt Isa rail line runs past these projects to the Townsville Port. All three projects are owned by Guildford Coal.

All three projects are at the exploration stage, with some additional feasibility studies being done for the Hughenden project and a mining licence application lodged for Clyde Park.

For more information visit the proponent’s website for its Pentland, Clyde Park and Hughenden projects.