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Winchester South project

Project overview*

EIS statusEIS active
Description Greenfield open cut coal mine with a yield of up to 11 million tonnes of product coal per annum for approximately 30 years, for steel and energy production.
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 2022/23
  • 500 (construction)
  • 500 (operational)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Have your say

Whitehaven WS Pty Ltd has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Winchester South project.

The Coordinator-General has released the draft EIS for public and government agency submissions.

You are invited to make a submission on the draft EIS, including the project’s potential direct and indirect environmental impacts and the effectiveness of measures proposed to manage those impacts.

The Coordinator-General will consider your submission as part of the evaluation of the project’s environmental impacts.

Submissions close at 5pm on 15 September 2021.

Read and make a submission on the draft EIS.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

4 August 2021 to 15 September 2021 Draft EIS public consulation.
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: Tuesday, Aug 3, 2021