The Byerwen Coal Project is a proposed open-cut coal mine located in Queensland’s Bowen Basin about 20 kilometres west of Glenden. It will produce up to 10 million tonnes of premium hard coking coal per year and employ a construction workforce of up to 350 people and 500 people during operations with an expected mine life of 50 years.

The mine, which is a joint venture between QCoal and JFE Steel, is set to generate extensive opportunities for locals and the broader region and is helping to grow communities. 

QCoal is committed to maximising local industry participation and we will give preference to suppliers of Australian-manufactured equipment that complies with the relevant standards and specifications.

Planning phase

The current planning phase involves the preparation of the environmental impact statement, ongoing site investigations and community consultation.

Environmental impact statement now available

The public review period for the environmental impact statement for the Byerwen Coal Project closed on 23 July 2013. We will continue to liaise with the Office of the Coordinator-General as we progress through the approvals process. The next steps include the Coordinator-General’s report evaluating the environmental impact statement after which we will await mining and environmental approvals by the Australian and Queensland governments.

View the latest community update for further information on the project.

Project timeframes


 We expect to start construction of the mine in 2014 following approval by the Queensland and Australian Governments.