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Project overview*

EIS status 'Significant project' declaration lapsed
Description Expansion of an existing open-cut and underground coal mine from 16 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 24 mtpa.
Proponent BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Coal Operations. BMA is the manager and agent on behalf of the Central Queensland Coal Associates Joint Venture between BHP Billiton Ltd and Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd.
Location/s 30 km north of Moranbah and 160 km south-west of Mackay.
Local government/s Isaac Regional Council
Key features
  • open-cut mine
  • underground mine
  • new and upgraded coal handling and processing facilities.

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

'Significant declaration' lapsed

On 30 November 2012 the 'significant project' declaration for the project lapsed as the proponent had not lodged an environmental impact statement (EIS) within two years of the terms of reference for the EIS being released.

BMA Bowen Basin Coal Growth Project

The Goonyella Riverside Mine Expansion is one of the four components of the Bowen Basin Coal Growth Project. The others are:

  • Caval Ridge Mine: new open-cut coal mine (5.5 mtpa) and coal handling preparation plant.
  • Daunia Mine: new open-cut coal mine (4 mtpa) and associated infrastructure.
  • Moranbah Airport: new airport, to replace the existing Moranbah airport. (This project has been discontinued.)

Please note: Although all four components were covered in the same initial advice statement and terms of reference for the EIS, each component was the subject of a separate EIS.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

Date Activity
30 November 2012 'Significant project' declaration lapsed.
6 November 2008 Terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 506 KB) released.
9 August 2008 to
5 September 2008
Public consultation on draft terms of reference for EIS.
18 July 2008 Gazettal of 'significant project' declaration (PDF icon 205 KB)
27 May 2008 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 1.11 MB) submitted.

Read more about the EIS process.