The Wandoan coal mine is expected to produce thermal coal for export markets and possibly domestic markets for more than 30 years. Construction of the mine and facilities could begin at the end of 2011 and exports forecast to begin as early as 2014. The project requires federal government environmental assessment and approval. A proposed railway between Wandoan and Moura to link with other railway lines to port facilities at Gladstone is expected to transport the coal. The Coordinator-General is currently undertaking a separate environmental assessment for the rail project.