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Elimatta Project

Project description

Project Summary

Taroom Coal Proprietary Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northern Energy Corporation Limited, is the proponent of the proposed Elimatta Project. The project site is situated within the Western Downs Regional Council area, approximately 45 kilometres south-west of Taroom and
380 kilometres north-west of Brisbane in south-east Queensland.

Proposed is an open-cut thermal coal mine extracting up to 8 million tonnes a year (Mt/y) of run-of-mine (ROM) coal to produce 5 Mt/y of product coal for export. The Project would cover approximately 4,460 hectares, including Mining Lease applications 50254, 50271, 50270 and land underlying a 36 km long Rail and Services Corridor. The Project life would be approximately 40 years including construction, operation, decommissioning and rehabilitation.

Major elements of the project would include:

  • open-cut mining operations using excavator and truck operations
  • construction and operation of a two stage coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP)
  • tailings storage facilities, spoil dumps, mining voids
  • water management dams, the permanent diversion of a section of Horse Creek
  • accommodation village
  • transportation of ROM coal from the pit to the CHPP via trucks on a dedicated haul road within the Elimatta lease
  • construction of an approximately 36 kilometre rail line referred to as the West Surat Link, to connect the Elimatta Project to the planed Surat Basin Rail, north of Wandoan
  • rail loading at the project site and transportation of product coal to the Port of Gladstone for export.

Water supply sources for mining and processing activities for the proposal could include treated water from local coal seam gas extraction projects, groundwater from the site and the proposed Nathan Dam. A 66kV high voltage connection would provide power for the project.

Environmental impact statement assessment process

Environmental Protection Act 1994

On 27 May 2009, an application was made by the proponent under Section 154 of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act) for an environmental authority. Under Section 162 of the EP Act it was determined that assessment of Elimatta Project would be by environmental impact statement (EIS). The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) is managing the EIS process under Chapter 3, Part 1 of the EP Act.

Proponent responds to submissions on EIS

The process for the assessment of this project is as follows:

The EIS submission period closed on 21 March 2013 and on 5 April 2013 all submissions were forwarded to the proponent for consideration. The proponent then has 20 business days to prepare its response to submissions and consequently provide amendments to the EIS. Should the proponent require more time to prepare its response, a longer period can be requested. On receipt of the proponent’s response, EHP will assess the adequacy of the response to submissions and decide whether to allow the EIS to proceed to the EIS assessment report stage.

Additional information

The EIS can be downloaded from the New Hope Group website.

Copies of publicly available documents can be obtained by accessing the links below:


Final terms of reference (PDF, 421K)*

EIS notice (s52 EP Act) (PDF, 38K)*


Initial advice statement describing the project (PDF, 2.0M)*

Public notice (s46 EP Act) (PDF, 57K)*

For further information about the EIS process for the Elimatta Project, please contact the EIS Coordinator or email

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Last updated
16 April 2013