Broadmeadow Mine looking forward to a $1 billion expansion

INNOVATIVE technology, more employment and higher production is what BMA's Broadmeadow Mine has to look forward to thanks to a $1 billion expansion.

The mine will have innovative technology to extract thick seams of coal will be used in Queensland for the first time.

Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said the technology was the first of its type to be used in a Queensland mine and allowed for almost complete recovery of coal from thick seams.

"It is also renowned for its high productivity and for reducing operating costs, which are significant advantages for the coal mining industry," he said.

"The extension of three longwall panels at the mine means production will be lifted from 400,000 tonnes per annum to a new total capacity of 4.8 million tonnes per annum.

Mr Cripps said the mine extension generated 650 jobs during construction and could also allow for an increase in production capacity.

"This expansion won't only support the growing resources sector, but has also been a boost to the construction industry, another economic pillar of the Queensland economy," he said.

"In the past, the construction industry hasn't been a focus, however these sorts of construction projects provide jobs and improved infrastructure for Queensland."

Broadmeadow is an underground mine on the Goonyella lease near Moranbah that produces hard coking coal for export to the Middle East, Asia, South America, South Africa, Europe, Japan and India.


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