Central Queensland Coal Mine

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Central Queensland Coal Mine is a cancelled coal mine in Marlborough, Queensland, Australia.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Central Queensland Coal Mine Marlborough, Queensland, Australia -22.679446, 149.659662 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the coal mine:

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Project Details

Table 2: Project status

Status Status Detail Project Type Opening Year Closing Year
Cancelled[1] Pre-Permit New 2027

Table 3: Operation details

Note: The asterisk (*) signifies that the value is a GEM estimated figure.
Capacity (Mtpa) Production (Mtpa) Year of Production Mine Type Mining Method Mine Size (km2) Mine Depth (m) Workforce Size
2 Surface Open Pit 60* 500

Table 4: Coal resources and destination

Total Reserves (Mt) Year of Total Reserves Recorded Total Resources (Mt) Coalfield Coal Type Coal Grade Primary Consumer/ Destination
206 Styx Bituminous Thermal & Met Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Central Queensland Coal Pty Ltd[2][3] Mineralogy Australia

Note: The above section was automatically generated and is based on data from the GEM April 2024 Global Coal Mine Tracker dataset.

Coal Mine Background

On 2 February 2018 the proponent applied for a 12 month extension to the period to respond to submissions on the Environmental Impact Statement. The department agreed to the longer period to allow the proponent to address all submissions received on the EIS.

On 22 May 2018 the proponent provided a response to the submissions and an amended EIS. Subsequently, the proponent requested an additional two-year period to provide responses to those key matters raised in the department’s submission and other advisory bodies’ submissions on the amended EIS. The proponent was required to submit the updated EIS on or before 18 June 2020.[4]

Central Queensland Coal Pty Ltd (CQCPL) was established in 2017 with the specific purpose of delivering the Central Queensland Coal project within the Styx Basin.[5]

The mine would last for 20 years.[4] Coal would be transported from the mine via the existing North Coast Rail Line to Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal for export.[4]


According to the Daily Mercury, two issues the council has the greatest concern about are the haulage of the coal on the coastal train line and the access to emergency services in the region.

"Significantly, St Lawrence and Clairview have been identified as host communities for members of the workforce at the planned mine,” Councillor Baker said.

"However, at this point there appears to have been little consideration given as to the impact of such a population growth scenario on these small communities, particularly the increased demand on local services and existing infrastructure. This extends to the capacity of existing emergency services to adequately provide coverage locally and in response to significant incidents. It is also proposed that the project will utilise the existing coastal rail line, which passes through our coastal communities, to access port facilities. The constraints of this rail line compared to the Goonyella system, which services mining interests to the west, is a particular issue. Small passing bays on the coastal line will require the configuration of coal trains to be shorter, meaning a higher number of train movements to achieve the same volume of freight.”[6]

The Australia Institute says that Central Queensland Coal Project is not financially or economically viable and should not be granted any form of project approval. The project is not viable without government subsidies. It will not produce economic benefit for the proponents or the Queensland community unless major royalty holidays and subsidies are provided, subsidies that would come with a major opportunity cost for other Queenslanders. The Australia Institute's analysis is that, "The Styx proposal is less about developing a mine and more about increasing the asset value of the project for the proponent."[7]

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  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20240205192005/https://apnews.com/article/politics-australia-government-queensland-business-60404ea8780de8aa157abb3bca2d1555. Archived from the original on 05 February 2024. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20240125053711/https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/management/environmental/eis-process/projects/completed/central-qld-coal-project. Archived from the original on 25 January 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  5. Central Queensland Coal, "Central Queensland Coal", CQCPL website, accessed 3 December 2019.
  6. Troy Kippen,[ https://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/concerns-over-significant-impact-of-new-cq-coal-mi/3333582/ "Central Queensland Coal"], Daily Mercury website, 13 February 2018.
  7. Australia Institute, "Styx Coal Project: Submission", Australia Institute website, 19 December 2017.