April 18, 2016
by Anne Miller
Moreton Resources’ CEO Jason Elks has been holding small meetings across the South Burnett over the past six weeks in a bid to win over South Burnett residents towards his company’s coal mine proposal.
News of the meetings has been spreading mainly by word of mouth, but that hasn’t stopped people from turning up to listen and ask questions – and, occasionally, the Knitting Nannas to turn up in (almost) silent protest.
Meetings have been held from Murgon to Blackbutt.
southburnett.com.au dropped into a recent meeting which attracted about a dozen people in Kingaroy.
Mr Elks updated the audience on how far the project had progressed.
He said Moreton Resources’ subsidiary, MRV Tarong Basin Coal, had brought on board partners for the project, including
Quizzed about where Moreton planned to sell its coal – as Stanwell has repeatedly said it is not interested – Mr Elks did not rule out export opportunities.
Potential markets for thermal coal from the mine included Japan, China, Korea and India.
He stressed there were several ways that coal could be transported to port for export, including rail – and the South Burnett was ideally placed to link up to several existing rail lines – but he said his preferred option was a slurry pipeline.
Pulverized coal could be piped to port in a closed loop system, with the water recycled, returning via a smaller pipe.
Slurry pipelines have been used elsewhere in Australia to move ore efficiently over long distances.
Mr Elks also answered questions about:
Mr Elks said Moreton was keen to explore traineeships in conjunction with local businesses in the South Burnett.
Under this scheme, trainees or apprentices would be paid by Moreton but placed at external businesses; when skilled they would transferred to the mine project.