Middlemount all go

THE mining lease for Macarthur Coal and Noble Group’s Middlemount project has been granted, triggering construction works with first coal expected next year.
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Macarthur's Middlemount operation.

Angie Tomlinson

The central Queensland joint venture development (Macarthur 70%, Noble 30%) will initially produce 1.8 million tonnes run-of-mine PCI and semi-hard coking coal per annum.

Onsite construction of the coal handling and preparation plant and minesite infrastructure is expected to commence shortly. Sedgman has already secured the $A65 million deal for the plant design and construction.

Construction is expected to generate 160 jobs at its peak, with the CHPP expected to be completed in 2010.

Mining is to start in 2010, to supply coal for commissioning of the CHPP, and will create 80 full-time jobs through project contractors Leighton.

Mining operations will be performed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will use hydraulic excavators and trucks.

Macarthur managing director Nicole Hollows said the project was the first step towards doubling Macarthur’s production in the next five years.

Macarthur were trading up 2.1% mid-morning today at $8.76.

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