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Winchester South project receives Coordinated Project status

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World Coal,

Whitehaven Coal Ltd has welcomed the announcements by the Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, The Honourable Cameron Dick and the Queensland Coordinator-General, Barry Broe that its Winchester South metallurgical coal project has been declared a ‘Coordinated Project’ under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.

In Queensland, Coordinated Projects are large developments that, among other things, have strategic significance to an area of the State because of the potentially significant economic and employment benefits they bring. The declaration paves the way for whole-of-government assessment of the project by way of an environmental impact statement.

The Winchester South Project is located 30 km southeast of Moranbah in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, a well-established coal basin. The project will entail up to AUS$1 billion in capital expenditure inclusive of the mining fleet, and create 500 jobs during construction and 450 jobs when operating, to produce high quality metallurgical coal for export to the Asian market. At full capacity, the mine is targeting run-of-mine production of approximately 15 million tpy of predominantly high quality metallurgical coal, providing a boost to local communities and returning millions in royalties to the Queensland economy each year.

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