Bargain Isaac Plains coal mine returns with 150 jobs

A MORANBAH coal mine bought for $1 earlier this year will soon provide job opportunities for 150 local workers.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said she met with Isaac Plains coal mine owner Stanmore Coal on Tuesday when they announced a scheduled opening in February 2016.

While she would not say if the mine had totally ruled out all elements of a fly-in, fly-out workforce, she was given “absolute confidence local people will be able to apply and work there”.

“It’s going to be open to everyone,” Cr Baker said.

“They never mentioned FIFO. There are 150 positions and everyone is welcome to apply.”

The mayor hailed the project, 6km east of Moranbah, as a boost for industry, local workers and the community.

Moranbah Bakery owner Steve Hanvey said if local workers really were prioritised for the jobs the project would be a “beaut thing for the town”.

“My partner was doing deliveries the other day and at the petrol station she saw five families packed up to leave town,” Mr Hanvey said.

“We need support and we’ve had a lot of doom and gloom for a long time.

“I have all 10 of my fingers crossed and my arms crossed that these jobs will go ahead and there will be more to come.”

The Moranbah resident of 24 years said it wouldn’t just be the workers who benefited but the whole community.

The mine was open-cut and Cr Baker said “real time air quality monitoring” would be in place for Moranbah residents.

Stanmore Coal bought Isaac Plains Mine from Vale and Sumitomo in July for $1, more than a year after about 300 jobs were lost when production halted in 2014.

After a program of exploration and refurbishment, Stanmore Coal will begin mining activities following government approvals.

Carmichael coal to hire 5000 in construction phase

Carmichael mine developers Adani are now taking expressions of interest from people wanting work in the mining industry.

The indian-owned company said it plan on hiring 5000 people during the construction phase, with the first round of workers to be hired next year, double the estimates made when approval for the mine was announced.

The company has encouraged people to submit their details now at the Adani Mining website.

A spokesman for Adani said the company would favour local people from the Mackay and Whitsunday areas.

“As part of our local procurement policy, we will also maximise Australian participation by sourcing, where possible, from regional Queensland and Australian businesses,” he said.

“We recognise the need to make a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate.

The project will be hiring for coal exploration, coal mining, rail construction and operations, infrastructure construction, and port expansion and operations.

New Qld coal mine means more jobs for Aussie workers

A MASSIVE mine development near Moranbah will need hundreds of workers in the next three years, as it prepares to export coal for almost half a century.

The Eagle Downs underground project from Aquila Resources has been under construction since September 2011 but will not need the majority of its labour until next year.

When that happens, Aquila and Brazilian joint-venture partner Vale will require up to 500 workers to build plants and infrastructure on the site.

Once finished, the Perth-based firm will seek almost 400 more workers to run the mine.

Eagle Downs is projected to export an average of 4.5 million tonnes of metal-making coal per year for the first decade of mining, with the ability to hit 8 million tonnes per year after a major expansion.

It would export through the planned Dudgeon Point coal terminal near Mackay in Central Queensland.

Aquila general manager of coal Stephen Pilcher told APN industry conditions were turbulent, but it was “not a bad time to be constructing a coal mine”.

The firm was saving money by hiring workers left in the cold by other mining companies looking slash costs.

Coal prices too may prove less of a concern for Aquila with the miner able to turn a profit even if export coal prices remain stagnant.

HSBC Bank suggested this week that while China’s manufacturing levels were not growing as quickly, they were still growing, meaning demand would remain for Australian minerals.

The size and scale of Eagle Downs is comparable to the Caval Ridge project from BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance – projected to mine 5.5 million tonnes of coal per year for three decades – and Anglo American’s Grosvenor mine, projected to export 6 million tonnes over 26 years.

For now, Aquila has about 40 workers on site but that would increase to 70 within the next 18 months.
After that, worker numbers will ramp up.

“The peak workforce won’t be there until 2014 or 2015,” he said.

“We’re talking 400 to 500 people at that time.

“(Once operating) it will be between 350 and 380 people, including permanent employees and contractors.”

Eagle Downs will begin exporting samples of its coal in 2015, increasing to full production from 2016.