Glencore to build the Valeria Mine near Emerald

  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Glencore has announced it will build the new $1.5-billion Valeria Mine 27km northwest of Emerald. The mine will produce up to 20-million tonnes of coking and thermal coal per annum and is planned to be in production by 2026. Glencore has previously announced a cap of 145-million tonnes on its global coal production to meet carbon emmission targets and will use Valeria to reduce production at other mine sites.

The mine roughly parallels the QR-owned Clermont branch south of Capella. It's not clear if this existing 15.75-tonne branch will be upgraded to serve the mine or if a new heavy haul line will be built south from Aurizon's Blair Athol Line near Clermont. Aurizon's 20-tonne axle load Central Line east of Emerald (with de-engerised catenary between the Burngrove and Emerald) combined with the QR-owned Clermont Branch might also be an option if upgraded to Aurizon's 26.5-tonne coal network standard between Emerald and Burngrove.  

The new mine is expected provide up to 1,400 jobs during construction and 950 once in operation.

Glencore currently produces 95-million tonnes of coal in Australia, and the new Valeria Mine will have twice the production capacity of Adani's Carmichael mine.

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  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
I was amused by the terminology "build a mine" when a mine is basically a hole in the ground! Laughing
Sorry for my silly sense of humour. Wink
  Expost Chief Commissioner

Wouldnt surprise me if they truck the coal to an existing loadout. They do it for Bluff mine, and Baralaba (Cockatoo).

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