THE BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (MBA) reached a milestone at the Duania project in Queensland after last week declaring the minesite open for operation.

During construction, the Duania project created 900 jobs and boosted the economy by $1.4 billion. Now in its operational phase, the site is expected to contribute another 450 jobs to meet production demands of 4.5 million tonnes of coal per year.

Premier Campbell Newman welcomed the BMA’s ongoing investment in Queensland, highlighting the long-term benefit of the Duania minesite.

“The resources industry is one of the four pillars of the economy and with good reason, when you consider the impact this investment will have in Queensland,” Mr Newman said.

“With jobs and economic contribution, it’s clear the benefits will be felt across the state and last well into the future.”

The Duania project adds to a strong portfolio of operations carried out in Queensland by BHP Billiton, totalling a $9.1 billion investment over the past three years.

“This includes Daunia, along with the new Caval Ridge mine, the expansion of the Hay Point Coal Terminal, as well as the Broadmeadow Mine extension completed this year,” coal president Dalla Valle said.

“Daunia Mine was completed and producing coal four months ahead of schedule. Large coal mines are complex projects, and this is a fantastic achievement for our team.”