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Byerwen Coal Project

Project overview*

EIS statusApproved with conditions
Description Open-cut coal mine with a yield of up to 10 million tonnes per annum.
Proponent Byerwen Coal Pty Ltd (joint venture between QCoal Pty Ltd and JFE Steel)
Location/s Northern Bowen Basin, 20 km west of Glenden and 140 km west of Mackay. Map
Local government/s
  • Isaac Regional Council
  • Whitsunday Regional Council
Investment $1.76 billion
Key features
  • four mining zones comprising a total of eight open-cut pits
  • two coal handling and preparation plants
  • two train loading facilities, including rail loop and spur lines, connected to the existing line to Abbot Point
  • augmented power supply
  • 350 (construction)
  • 545 (operational)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

2 October 2014 Commonwealth Minister for the Environment's approval of 'controlled action', subject to conditions.
2 July 2014 Coordinator-General's Report for the Byerwen Coal project (PDF icon 5 MB) released.
29 January 2014 to
25 February 2014
Additional information for the EIS and submissions being assessed by other government agencies.
16 September 2013 Additional information for the EIS requested by Coordinator-General.
8 June 2013 to
23 July 2013
Draft EIS public consultation
19 July 2011 Terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 874 KB) released.
9 April 2011 to
16 May 2011
Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation.

1 March 2011

Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration (PDF icon 236 KB)

4 February 2011

Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 2.4 MB), submitted.

13 January 2011 Project deemed a 'controlled action' by Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.
14 December 2010 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.

Read more about the EIS process.

Project changes

Project change application – Relocation of Southern Infrastructure

3 July 2015 Coordinator-General's report on project change (PDF icon 236 KB) released.
2 June 2015 Proponent's project change application submitted (PDF icon 717 KB).

Annual report to the Coordinator-General

The proponent is required to submit an annual report to the Coordinator-General.

Further information

For more information, visit the Byerwen Coal project web page.

Last updated: 19 Jun 2023