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Winchester South project

Project overview*

EIS statusEIS active
Description Greenfield open cut coal mine with a yield of approximately 353 million tonnes of run of mine (ROM) coal over a 28-year mine life, with an annual extraction rate of up to 17 million tonnes per annum of ROM coal (11 million tonnes per annum of product coal)
Proponent Whitehaven WS Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Whitehaven Coal
Location/s Approximately 30 km south-east of Moranbah. Map
Local government/s Isaac Regional Council
Investment $1 billion
Key features
  • open-cut primarily metallurgical coal mine
  • mine infrastructure areas including workshops and a coal handling and preparation plant
  • rail loop and train load out facility
  • private access road
  • raw water pipeline connecting to the Eungella pipeline network
  • electricity transmission line from the existing power network
Construction start date 2023
  • 500 (construction)
  • 500 (operational)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

CurrentlyAdditional information for the EIS is being prepared by proponent.
23 February 2022Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 6 March 2023.
3 December 2021Additional information for the EIS requested by the Coordinator-General.
4 August 2021 to 15 September 2021 Draft EIS public consultation.
Draft EIS, including appendices.
26 February 2021 Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 4 March 2022.
4 September 2019 Terms of reference for an EIS (PDF icon 660 KB) released.
17 and 18 July 2019

Commonwealth Minister for the Environment decided the project is a 'controlled action'.

More information
24 June 2019 to 19 July 2019 Public consultation period on draft terms of reference (PDF icon1.2 MB).
17 April 2019 Gazettal (PDF icon 247 KB) of ‘coordinated project’ declaration.
14 February 2019 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 8.8 MB), submitted.

Media releases

$1 billion Winchester South project out for public comment (24 June 2019)

Economic boost for regional QLD with $1b Winchester South project declared (18 April 2019)

Further information

Read more about the EIS process.

Last updated: 24 Feb 2022