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Project overview*

EIS status Approved with conditions
Description Open-cut coal mine with a yield of four million tonnes per annum (mtpa), and associated infrastructure.
Proponent BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Coal Operations. BMA is the manager and agent on behalf of the Central Queensland Coal Associates Joint Venture between BHP Billiton Ltd and Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd.
Location/s 30 km south-east of Moranbah, and about 170 km south-west of Mackay. Map
Local government/s Isaac Regional Council
Key features
  • open cut mine
  • coal handling preparation plant

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

BMA Bowen Basin Coal Growth Project

Daunia Mine is one of the four components of the BMA Bowen Basin Coal Growth Project. The others are:

  • Caval Ridge Mine: new open-cut coal mine (5.5 mtpa) and coal handling preparation plant.
  • Goonyella Riverside Mine Expansion: expansion of existing open-cut and underground coal mine from 16 mtpa to 24 mtpa. (This project has been discontinued.)
  • Moranbah Airport: new airport, to replace the existing Moranbah airport. (This project has been discontinued.)

Please note: Although all four components were covered in the same initial advice statement and terms of reference for the EIS, each component was the subject of a separate EIS.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

Date Activity
26 October 2009 Coordinator-General's report on EIS (PDF icon 1.85 MB) released.
3 April 2009 Supplementary EIS submitted.
29 November to
2 February 2009
Public consultation on EIS. Available at State Library of Queensland (record number: 839704)
6 November 2008 Terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 506 KB) released.
22 September 2008 Project deemed a controlled action by Commonwealth Minister for the Environment. More information
28 August 2008 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.
9 August 2008 to
5 September 2008
Public consultation on draft terms of reference for EIS.
18 July 2008 Gazettal of 'significant project' declaration (PDF icon 209 KB)
27 May 2008 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 1.11 MB), submitted.

Read more about the EIS process.

Australian Government approval

Further information

For more information, visit BMA's Growth Projects web page.