Winchester South advances to feasibility phase
The company said the project was continuing to progress through the Queensland Government’s Coordinated Project approval process, with the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) having been submitted to Queensland’s Office of Coordinator General in December.
Public notification was expected to commence in this quarter, it said.
Whitehaven Coal in late 2020 upgraded the resource for its Winchester South project to more than one billion tonnes, with the planned mine now expected to have a throughput of up to 15Mtpa over more than 20 years.
Whitehaven Coal took control of the former Rio Tinto project in 2018 and has since drilled more than 200 holes specifically targeting additional metallurgical coal definition.
It is expected to cost about $980 million to bring online and deliver 500 jobs during construction and about 500 operational jobs.
In a quarterly report this week, Whitehaven Coal said it had completed the pre-feasibility report and the project would now move into the feasibility phase.
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