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Blackwater Mine South Coking Coal Project
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Person or organisation proposing to take the action
<p>BM Alliance Coal Operations Pty Ltd (BMA) proposes to develop the Blackwater South Coking Coal Project (herein referred to as the Action), located within the Central Highland Regional Local Government Area (LGA), approximately 50 km south-west of Blackwater and 80 km south-east of Emerald, Queensland (Figure 1 – Attachment (Att) A ‘EPBC Referral Figures’, page 1). The Action would involve the development of an open cut metallurgical coal mine and associated on-site and off-site infrastructure. The Action is a separate project from the adjacent, currently operating Blackwater Mine (also owned and operated by BMA), however there is some potential of shared infrastructure between the projects. The Action Area (Figure 2 - Att A ‘EPBC Referral Figures’, page 2) is within Mineral Development Licence (MDL) 155, MDL 189, Mining Lease (ML) 70167 and ML 70139. It is anticipated that the Action would include, but not be limited to, the following components and activities within the Action Area:</p><ul><li>staged development of an open cut coal mine which would produce metallurgical coal for steel making (otherwise known as coking coal) (a secondary export quality thermal coal product stream may also be produced during the life of the Action);</li><li>construction and operation of a rail loop and train load-out facility;</li><li>construction and operation of mine infrastructure areas, including an on-site CHPP, workshops, and offices;</li><li>staged development and operation of a temporary construction WAV and permanent WAV (if required);</li><li>construction and use of electricity transmission lines to connect to the existing transmission network at the Blackwater Mine; </li><li>construction and use of primary access roads from Humboldt Road and Penrose Road;</li><li>construction of temporary and permanent road diversions;</li><li>construction and operation of a haul road crossing(s) or bridge(s) over the Rolleston Mine Railway and over Rocklands Creek;</li><li>construction and operation of ancillary infrastructure in support of mining including mine infrastructure areas, coal pads and stockpiles, haul roads, access roads, storage and lay down areas;</li><li>construction of an initial out-of-pit reject and tailings co-disposal facility, until such time as sufficient in-pit capacity for co-disposal is available;</li><li>on-site excavation and production of gravel and other construction fill materials;</li><li>use of an on-site landfill; </li><li>construction of CHPP reject dewatering facilities to allow for co-disposal of fine rejects with waste rock material; </li><li>progressive development of the Action water management system including the construction of water supply pipelines, raw water, sediment and mine water dams, pumps, groundwater bores and associated pit dewatering infrastructure;</li><li>progressive development of surface water management structures such as watercourse diversions and levees;</li><li>progressive topsoil stripping and use of soil stockpiles;</li><li>placement of waste rock material in out-of-pit waste rock emplacements and within the footprint of the open cut voids;</li><li>use of conventional open cut mining methods (including draglines and truck and shovel methods) to extract up to approximately 10 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of run-of-mine (ROM) coal for up to approximately 90 years;</li><li>ongoing exploration activities; and</li><li>other associated infrastructure, plant, equipment and activities to support mining operations.</li></ul><p>The disturbance footprint for the Action has conservatively been assumed to be equal to the Action Area (approximately 21,090 hectares). The exact area to be directly impacted would be determined following further detailed mine planning. Further background information on the nature and extent of the above activities is available in the Initial Advice Statement (IAS) that was submitted to the Office of the Coordinator-General for declaration of the Action as a Coordinated Project under the <i>State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971</i>. Certain activities within the Action Area are unlikely to have a significant impact on Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES), and are excluded from the Action for this referral. These activities are: access tracks, exploration activities, internal water and power supply infrastructure, construction of buildings, lay down areas, car parks, minor ground preparation works, survey and demarcation activities, works relating to the management or salvage of Aboriginal heritage items, and installation of monitoring equipment (e.g. monitoring bores).</p>
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