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Project overview*

EIS status 'Significant project' declaration lapsed
Description New airport, to replace the existing Moranbah airport.
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 Moranbah (specific location to be advised)
Local government/s Isaac Regional Council
Key features
  • runway
  • passenger terminal
  • aircraft hanger
  • fuel storage
  • other ancillary infrastructure

* 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 Moranbah Airport 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.
  • Goonyella Riverside Mine Expansion: expansion of existing open-cut and underground coal mine from 16 mtpa to 24 mtpa. (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 511 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.