Wealth Resources, Carabella Resources and Bluff PCI Management are pleased to announce that first coal has been shipped from the Bluff PCI Project.
The 1.2Mtpa mine, located 20km east of Blackwater, exports low-volatile PCI coal for use in steel production. The Project is the first standalone PCI project developed in Queensland since 2002 and is the closest mine to the Port of Gladstone in the Blackwater coal system. Over 140 Central Queenslanders are employed by the project, operated by MACA’s contract mining division. Approximately 25% of employees live in the local Blackwater and Bluff communities.
James (Yue) Chang, CEO of Wealth Resources, Carabella Resources & Bluff PCI’s parent company, says he’s proud of the team’s efforts to get the first coal shipped ahead of deadline.
“It’s no small thing to bring a greenfields site into production. Our management team has worked hard alongside MACA and the site operations team to ensure our mine meets strict environmental and safety standards,” said Mr Chang.
Since beginning operations earlier this year, the Bluff Minesite team has worked hand-in-hand with the local community to build strong partnerships, including sponsorship of the Bluff Rabbitohs and the Bluff Races. The mine has provided the Bluff Primary School with bus transport, as well as employing local families and boosting the Bluff and Blackwater economy by working with local contractors and utilising village accommodation for workers.
Stuart Clarke, CEO of Bluff PCI Management, said that the Project has also formed a partnership with Bounty Mining to increase the utilisation of the Cook CHPP and train load out facility.
“We believe that as a small mine in a small community, we have the potential to make a big impact. Thank you to the Bluff community for your support!” said Mr Clarke.