The final hurdle for the expansion of a Bowen Basin coal mine has been cleared with the Queensland Government granting a mining lease. The lease paves the way for Anglo American to expand its Lake Lindsay metallurgical coal mine operation near Middlemount.

When fully operational, the expanded mine will produce 5.6 million metric tons (mt) of steel-making coal.

“The granting of this mining lease shows Queensland’s resources industry continues to go from strength to strength,” Queensland Resources Minister Scott Stewart said. “It shows there is confidence from major mining companies that are investing in the future of Queensland’s resources industry into the future.

Metallurgical coal exports is one of Queensland’s biggest export earners, representing nearly $60 billion per year.