About Meandu Mine

Meandu Mine is an open-cut coal mine in the South Burnett, owned by Stanwell and operated by Downer Mining, under strict safety and environmental conditions. Located in the South Burnett, the mine supplies black thermal coal to the adjacent Tarong power stations.

The King 2 East (K2E) project

The Tarong power stations, which are among the youngest and most reliable generators in the National Electricity Market, will continue to provide a secure supply of electricity as the market transitions towards a lower carbon future.

The proposed K2E project will extend the current Meandu Mine by approximately 187 hectares (a seven per cent increase), within the existing mining lease.

Stanwell has identified the project as the best option for providing coal to the Tarong power stations through to end of asset life. The project has a significantly smaller environmental impact than the establishment of new mining pits or a new coal mine, and will provide substantial commercial and community benefits for Queensland. 

The project triggers the following primary approvals:

  • Environmental Authority (EA EPML00709113) amendment under the Queensland Environmental Protection Act 1994;
  • Approval for additional surface area under the Queensland Mineral Resources Act 1989; and
  • the project has been referred to the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment for determination on whether it is considered a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Associated approvals under State legislation are also required and include:

  • Regional Interest Development Approval (RIDA) under the Regional Planning Interest Act 2014 (RPI Act); and
  • Application to the Department of Resources will be lodged separately for approval to permanently close a portion of Ridge Road under Section 99 of the Land Act 1994.

These and other associated approvals and agreements will be obtained prior to mining activities commencing in the King 2 East additional surface rights area.

Community Engagement

Stanwell is working with its neighbours and local community to ensure any concerns or questions about the project are addressed in the planning and approvals process.

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Contact details

Please contact our Community Relations team on (07) 4160 9165 for more information.