Maules Creek reaches halfway construction point

August 06, 2014

It’s good news for local jobs and businesses in the state’s North West with the construction of Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek project reaching its halfway point.
At the end of June 2014, rail line construction was 43 per cent complete and large mining equipment including an excavator had arrived and been constructed on site.

Pictured: NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee with Whitehaven CEO Paul Flynn.
One of the state’s most significant new developments, Whitehaven Coal estimates the $767 million Maules Creek mine will employ approximately 450 people when operating at capacity, with most workers sourced from the local region.
Whitehaven Managing Director and CEO Paul Flynn has said Maules Creek is the “jewel in Whitehaven’s crown”. And when operating at full capacity, he expects the company to be “more resilient to adverse cyclical shifts and better placed to meet global demand for cleaner coal.”
Whitehaven Coal has been inundated, with 1800 job applications in a single week following the announcement in June that recruitment would commence for Production Operator and Maintenance Technicians roles. 
Mr Flynn plans to involve the local community heavily in developing and operating the mine, with plans to ensure a strong proportion of the workforce is recruited from the Aboriginal community.
“Whitehaven’s goal is that within five years of the mine commencing, 10 per cent of the workforce will be local indigenous and Aboriginal people, reflecting the local population as a whole.”
The next major construction milestone for Maules Creek is expected to be next month when mining of the box-cut begins.

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