Isaac Reginal Council's demographic study
08 November 2011 , 10:02 AM by Jacquie Mackay
Last year the Isaac Regional Council asked KPMG to put together a demographic study of the area to show what services and infrastructure is required as the population expands due to new mining development.
Bernard Salt is a demographer with KPMG and he says that the number of non-resident transient workers coming into the region is growing by 8-9000 a year and making the Isaac Region one of the fastest growing areas of the country.I asked Mr Salt what is the population at the moment and how is it predicted to grow and what that will need for the future needs of the community.
The Isaac Plains Coal Mine is located approximately 7 kilometres south east of the town of Moranbah in the Bowen Basin region of central Queensland
Isaac Plains Coal Mining OperationsThe Isaac Plains Coal Mine is located approximately 7 kilometres south east of the town of Moranbah in the Bowen Basin region of central Queensland. It is comprised of the Isaac Plains North and Isaac Plains South coal deposits, separated by a distance of approximately 15 kilometres. Mining operations were initially commenced at the Isaac Plains North deposit in late 2006 and included the construction of coal processing facilities and associated power, water, road and rail infrastructure.
Subject to receipt of all regulatory approvals, the project is planned to ramp-up to its nameplate capacity of 2.8Mtpa of product in line with the current Phase 2/3 expansion at the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal which should be completed by April 2009. The product split from the project is 75% metallurgical coal and 25% thermal coal.
Integrated Isaac Plains ProjectIt is proposed that the Isaac Plains South deposit be developed later this year, subject to completion of regulatory approvals, as part of the Integrated Isaac Plains Project which involves mining operations at both deposits using a combination of truck and shovel and also dragline methods, with processing and railing occurring at the existing Isaac Plains North facilities.
The Bucyrus-Erie 1370 dragline has been acquired and relocated from the United States to Mackay for refurbishment with a view to its initial introduction at Isaac Plains North in 2009, subsequently moving to Isaac Plains South in the latter part of the mine life.
Isaac Plains Coal Project - Summary of ROM Coal Reserves (Mt)
|Deposit||Proven Tonnes||Probable Tonnes||Total ROM |
|Isaac Plains North||26.0||2.0||28.0|
|Isaac Plains South||-||37.5||37.5|
The project will mine the Leichardt coal seam at Isaac Plains North and both the Leichardt and Vermont coal seams at Isaac Plains South.
Integrated Isaac Plains Project Site Location