Kevin's Corner Coal Project

From Global Energy Monitor

The Kevin's Corner Project is a proposed coal mine, to be operated by Hancock Galilee, a wholly owned subsidiary of GVK Group, producing 30 million tonnes per annum, in the Galilee Basin in Queensland, Australia.[1] The mine is adjacent to the Alpha Coal Project.


Kevin's Corner would be located 160 kilometers west of Emerald, Queensland, Australia. The undated image below shows the exact location.[2]

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Coal Mine Background

The mine began its application process in 2009.[3] Kevin’s Corner has all the necessary environmental approvals.[4]

If started the project could go on for 30 years, producing 30 million tonnes of coal per annum. Coal would be exported via a newly constructed railway to the Abbot Point Coal Terminal.[3]

In 2010 the coal company said that the project will consist of three underground, longwall mines and two open-cut pits.[4] Kevin's Corner mine plan is designed to increase to full production over a period of five to seven years after a two year construction period to first coal.[1]

If all three of GVKHancock coal's Galille projects were to start operating, Kevin's Corner Coal Project, Alpha Coal Project and Alpha West coal project would use the same rail link to Abbot Point coal terminal before the coal is exported. The three mines will also share site based infrastructure such as electric power lines, water supply, airports and roads.[5]

Kevin's Corner was proposed by Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting,[6] until it was completely bought by Hancock Galilee, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the GVK Group, in 2011.[1]

According to Environmental Law Australia, since 2013 both the applications for the Alpha Coal Mine and the Kevin’s Corner coal mine have largely stagnated. The proponents have supported lengthy delays in the lead-up to the objections hearing for the Kevin’s Corner Mine in 2015 (in stark contrast, most mine applicants seek expedited hearings to minimise delays). The reason for the proponents’ support for the delays appears to be due to them deciding the mines were not financially viable with the low price of thermal coal from 2012-2016 and the poor outlook for the coal market. While the applications for the mines have not been withdrawn and continue as of September 2019, whether the mines actually proceed in the future appears to be dependent on a substantial recovery of the coal price and outlook for the coal market.[3]

The Coordinator-General extended the currency period for the Environmental Impact Statement Evaluation Report from 31 May 2017 to 31 May 2019.[7]

At present there is no mining in the Galilee Basin. The opening of Adani's Carmichael Coal Project would change this and could mean that a number of the other proposals in the area are also advanced, so the Kevin's Corner project is may still go ahead. The Queensland Resources Council has said the projects other than the Carmichael mine would have a "much easier run" if the rail line was already established and the environmental approvals had been cleared for Carmichael.[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Hancock Galilee[1]
  • Parent Company: GVK Group[1]
  • Location: 160 kilometers west of Emerald, Queensland, Australia[2]
  • GPS Coordinates: -23.085191, 146.427147 (exact)
  • Status: Proposed
  • Production Capacity: 30 mtpa[3]
  • Total Resource: 4.2 billion tonnes[1]
  • Minable Reserves: 473 million tonnes[1]
  • Coal type: Thermal[1]
  • Mine Size: 8,000 hectares[4]
  • Mine Type: underground longwall mining and open-cut operations[1]
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

Project cost

The Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation states that the "estimated $6.6 billion investment in the Kevin’s Corner mine includes a $2.5 contribution towards this common user infrastructure ($1.5 billion for the rail and $1 billion for the port)."[9]

Contact details

Website: Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 GVK Hancock Coal, "Kevin's Corner", Hancock Coal website, accessed 16 September 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Queensland Government, "Coordinated projects map", Queensland Government Department of State Development, accessed 16 September 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Environmental Law Australia, "Kevin’s Corner Coal Mine Case",accessed 16 September 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Galilee Basin, "Kevin's Corner", accessed 16 September 2019.
  5. Hancock Coal, "Hancock’s Galilee Coal Basin Projects – 'The Galilee is now open for business'", Hancock Coal & Hancock Galilee, March 2011, page 2. (Pdf)
  6. Queensland Government, "Kevin's Corner Project", State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning website, 7 June 2019.
  7. Jemima Burt, "Adani could be 'ice-breaker' for six more proposed Galilee Basin mines, resources body says" ABC News, 11 June 2019.
  8. Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, "Kevin's Corner", Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation website, accessed September 2011.

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