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Winchester South project

Project overview*

EIS statusEIS active
DescriptionGreenfield metallurgical coal mine with a yield of up to 8 million tonnes of product coal for approximately 30 years, for steel production.
ProponentWhitehaven WS Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Whitehaven Coal
Location/sApproximately 30 km south-east of Moranbah. Map
Local government/sIsaac Regional Council
Investment$1 billion
Key features
  • open-cut 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
  • on-site temporary construction accommodation camp
Construction start date2021
Jobs
  • 500 (construction)
  • 450 (operational)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

DateActivity
CurrentlyDraft EIS being prepared by proponent.
26 February 2021Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 4 March 2022.
4 September 2019Terms 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 2019Public consultation period on draft terms of reference (PDF icon1.2 MB).
17 April 2019Gazettal (PDF icon 247 KB) of ‘coordinated project’ declaration.
14 February 2019Application, 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, Mar 2, 2021