About the project
Our first investment in Queensland
The undeveloped coal project is located 30km south-east of Moranbah, in Queensland’s well-established Bowen Basin.
Winchester South is our first investment in Queensland’s coal industry and will entail nearly $1 billion in capital expenditure to bring the project into production by 2023.
The Project is subject to the Queensland Government’s comprehensive mine approvals process. If approved it will involve the construction of a new open-cut coal mine in an established coal basin, a coal processing plant and a rail loop to connect with the existing Bowen Basin coal rail network. At full capacity the mine is targeting run-of-mine (ROM) production of 15 million tonnes per annum of predominantly high quality coking coal, providing a boost to local communities and returning millions in royalties to the Queensland economy each year.
The high-quality, large scale project is well-placed to key infrastructure with rail running through the tenement and potential to access three key port terminals.
Working with the community
It is our responsibility and commitment to ensure the Winchester South Project meets all required mining and environmental approvals.
This includes ensuring our project and our approach align with local community expectations. We do this through meaningful and transparent dialogue with stakeholders, and listening to, and understanding, any concerns and issues as they arise.
Consultation and engagement has commenced with an initial focus on State Government regulatory, consent and coordination authorities, local landowners, the Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation, neighbouring mine owners and relevant infrastructure and service providers. We’ll continue to work with a growing cross-section of groups and individuals, using a variety of tools and approaches, as the project progresses.
Prioritising local employment
As an Australian company, we have a proud history of prioritising jobs for local communities.
It is expected the mine will deliver 500 jobs during construction and around 450 operational jobs, providing a significant boost to local communities. Over our more than two decades of operation in the Gunnedah Basin in NSW, Whitehaven has never supported a FIFO workforce, and currently around 75% of our workforce lives in the communities around our NSW operations. This is an approach we’ll seek to continue at Winchester South.