Australia-based Xstrata Coal’s Wandoan Coal Project has received environmental approval from the Queensland Government in accordance with the conditions in the Coordinators General’s Report for the project.

The project is a proposed 30 million tonne per year open-cut thermal coal mine in Queensland’s Surat Basin with a total investment, including port and rail infrastructure of about $6b.

Wandoan Coal Project executive general manager Stephen Bridger said Xstrata Coal has acknowledged the conditions contained in the report, many of which are measures proposed by the company to mitigate the potential impacts of the project and further its ongoing commitment to social, environmental and economic sustainability within the Wandoan region.