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Winchester South Project Overview

Project overview

EIS statusApproved with conditions
DescriptionGreenfield open cut coal mine producing up to 17 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of primarily metallurgical run-of-mine coal (11 Mtpa product coal) used for steel making.
ProponentWhitehaven WS Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Whitehaven Coal
Location/sApproximately 30 km south-east of Moranbah. Map
Local government/sIsaac Regional Council
Investment$1 billion
Key featuresopen-cut primarily metallurgical coal minemine infrastructure areas including workshops and a coal handling and preparation plantrail loop and train load out facility connecting to the Norwich Park Branch Railwayprivate access roadraw water pipeline connecting to the Eungella pipeline networkelectricity transmission line from the existing power network
Construction start date2026
Jobs500 full time equivalent (FTE) construction jobs500 FTE operational jobs

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

23 November 2023Coordinator-General’s report on the EIS (PDF icon 21.6 KB) released.Supplementary documentation provided by the proponent.
7 July 2023The Coordinator-General accepted the draft EIS and the revised draft EIS as the final EIS.Final EIS, including appendices.
2 May 2023The Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 7July 2023
8 February 2023The Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 8 May 2023.
21 November 2022 to 19 December 2022Revised draft EIS public consultation.Revised draft EIS.
23 February 2022The Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 6 March 2023.
3 December 2021Additional information for the EIS requested by the Coordinator-General.
4 August 2021 to 15 September 2021Draft EIS public consultation.
Draft EIS, including appendices.
26 February 2021Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 4 March 2022.
4 September 2019Terms of reference for an EIS (PDF icon 660 KB) released.
17 and 18 July 2019Australian Minister for the Environment decided the project is a ‘controlled action’.Mine site and access roadElectricity transmission lineWater pipeline
24 June 2019 to 19 July 2019Public consultation period on draft terms of reference (PDF icon1.2 MB).
17 April 2019Gazettal (PDF icon 247 KB) of ‘coordinated project’ declaration.
14 February 2019Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 8.8 MB), submitted.