Alpha Coal Project

The Alpha Coal Project is a proposed 30 mtpa coal mine and railway located 40 km northwest of the small town of Alpha in Central West Queensland, Australia. Development costs are expected to be AU$6.9 billion and the planned life of mine is 30 years. Upon commencement of mining, coal exports will leave the country via the upgraded port facilities at Abbot Point after transportation via a 495 km rail line.

The project was the first to be approved by both Queensland and Federal Governments within the Galilee Basin. State approval was granted on the 29 May 2012 and federal approval was granted on the 23 August 2012.

Overall result from our involvement

Several technical challenges were investigated through technical studies, including geotechnical issues with the stream diversions around the mine. Following the identification of appropriate solutions the tier one project approvals were obtained.

Services provided

  • Management of the mine Environmental Authority (EA) application and liaison with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) regarding licensing conditions
  • Negotiation and liaison with DEHP regarding closure and rehabilitation commitments
  • Development of offset conditions, including the wildlife corridor strategy
  • Management of mine waste strategies for the purpose of approval, and negotiation with DEHP regarding conditions
  • Liaison with the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) regarding Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) approval
  • Management of mine water engineering studies required for the Coordinator General’s evaluation process


GVK Hancock




Alpha QLD, Australia

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