Around 400 mining jobs will be on offer from next year as Vale and Aquila Resources continue to ramp up operations on its Eagle Downs mine project.
In construction since September 2011, Eagle Downs underground project, located near Moranbah, will require its peak workforce from 2014 once plants and infrastructure have been completed.
Aquila general manager coal Stephen Pilcher told CQ News that despite underwhelming market conditions, it was still a good time to open a coal mine in the Bowen Basin.
Mr Pilcher said while there were currently 40 workers on site, the number would increase to around 70 over the next 18 months.
The mines workforce is expected to peak by 2014 or 2015, with around 400 to 500 workers employed on the operation.
“[Once operating] it will be between 350 and 380 people, including permanent employees and contractors,” Mr Pilcher said.
Eagle Downs is expected to have a 47 year mine life and export around 4.5 million tonnes of coking coal a year for the first decade, with the ability to hit 8mt after a major expansion.
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