The Valeria Project (the Project) comprises a coal resource that is currently undergoing State assessment processes to develop into an open cut coal mine. Valeria Coal Holdings Pty Limited is the proponent for the Project and is a subsidiary of Glencore Coal Pty Ltd (Glencore).
The Project is situated approximately 27 km north-west of Emerald within the Bowen Basin, Central Queensland.
The Project area contains metallurgical and thermal coal resource and will produce up to 20 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) Run of Mine (RoM) coal over a life of 35 years.
The infrastructure corridor(s) will support associated rail and road transport, electricity, water and communications connections, with alignment options being investigated.
The Proponent has commenced environmental, social and economic assessments to identify the values of the area, potential impacts from the Project, and measures to mitigate and manage those potential impacts. These assessments will be used to support the approvals process currently being undertaken for the Project.
The Project will be assessed as a Coordinated Project under the Queensland
State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (SDPWO Act).
The Project extends over three Mining Lease Application (MLA) areas: 700044; 700045; and 700055, lodged with the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) in 2019. An infrastructure corridor(s) may involve an additional MLA, however this is still to be determined.
Two associated Environmental Authority (EA) applications were submitted to the Department of Environment and Science (DES) in 2019. One was for MLA 700055 (previously referred to as the Valeria Project) and one was for MLAs 700044 and 700045 (previously referred to as the Valeria South Project). DES subsequently issued two notices requiring that assessment through an EIS process be undertaken for the Projects.
Further mine planning work determined that the Proponent would advance only one project through the EIS process, namely a combined Valeria and Valeria South Project, known as the Valeria Project (the subject of the approvals process).
At a future date during the approvals process, the Proponent intends to replace the two EA applications with one, to allow the Project to be approved and operated as a single integrated operation.
Project information will be available on the
Office of Coordinator General's (OCG) website.
The approvals process for the Project is shown below: