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Rolleston Coal Expansion Project

Project summary

Glencore Coal Queensland Pty Ltd (formerly Xstrata Coal Queensland Pty Ltd) is the proponent seeking to expand the existing Rolleston Coal Mine (the mine) located in the Bowen Basin, Central Highlands Regional Council area in Central Queensland. The proposed expansion would encompass mining lease application (MLA) 70415, MLA 70416 and the proposed Springwood MLA, located south and west of MLA 70415 and MLA 70416 respectively.

The mine would increase production from the currently approved 14 million tonnes per year (Mt/y) run-of-mine coal (ROM) to up to 19Mt/y, extending the life of the mine for approximately 30 years. The project would expand the total project area to 12,758ha and consist of up to 10 open-cut pits that would either be extensions to the existing mine operation or new adjacent pits. The project would be largely supported by existing mine infrastructure but would include upgrades to the preparation plant, accommodation village and the rail spur. The coal would be extracted, crushed, sized and blended on-site prior to being railed to domestic markets and to Queensland coal ports for export.

The Department of Environment and Resource Management (now Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP)) decided on 27 October 2009 that the application was to be assessed as a non-code compliant level 1 mining project, subject to an environmental impact statement (EIS) under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act).

On 21 June 2011, the proposed expansion project was determined by the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (now the Department of the Environment (DOTE)) to be a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The controlling provisions are sections 12 and 15A (World Heritage properties), sections 15B and 15C (National Heritage places), sections 18 and 18A (Listed threatened species and communities), sections 20 and 20A (Listed migratory species) and sections 24B and 24C (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park). On 17 October 2013, DOTE determined that sections 24D and 24E (water resources, in relation to coal seam gas development and large coal mining development) are also controlling provisions.

The process for assessment of the EIS for the project was as follows:

The EIS assessment report was issued to Glencore Coal Queensland Pty Ltd on
23 February 2015 by EHP in accordance with section 60 of the EP Act. The EIS process under Chapter 3 of the EP Act is now complete. A copy of the assessment report has been provided to DOTE for consideration in making a decision under the EPBC Act.

Further information

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

For further information regarding the EIS process for this proposal, please contact the EIS Co-ordinator or email

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Last updated
26 February 2015