Project China Stone

The Project China Stone involves the construction and operation of a large-scale coal mine on a greenfield site in Central Queensland at the northern end of the Galilee Basin.  The mine will produce up to 55 Million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of Run of Mine (ROM) coal, which equates to approximately 38 Mtpa of thermal coal for the export market.  The mine life will be in the order of 50 years. 

Coal will be mined using both open cut and underground mining methods.  Open cut mining operations will involve multiple draglines and truck and shovel pre-stripping. Underground mining will involve up to three operating longwalls in two underground mining areas.  Coal will be washed and processed on site and product coal will be transported from the site by rail. 

The project will provide substantial economic benefits to the region, Queensland and Australia. The project will create up to approximately 3,900 jobs during construction and up to approximately 3,400 jobs in the operations phase. The project will contribute up to $1,700 million annually to the economy of the Northern and Mackay Regions during the operations phase. The project will also contribute significant revenue to the Queensland and Australian governments through coal royalties (approximately $5.9 billion over the life of the mine) and additional revenues associated with other government taxes.

Further information about the Environmental Impact Statement for Project China Stone can be obtained from Hansen Bailey Environmental Consultants at

Submissions to the Draft EIS closed 5:00 PM, 7th September 2015. Currently the Draft EIS and submissions are being assessed.