LEGAL ACTION: The department has commenced an investigation into an allegation waste material from the Tarong power stations was not being used in accordance with relevant approvals.
LEGAL ACTION: The department has commenced an investigation into an allegation waste material from the Tarong power stations was not being used in accordance with relevant approvals. Jordan Philp

Stanwell scales back employee intake as demand drops

EMPLOYMENT opportunities at the Meandu Mine have taken a downturn as demand for coal drops.

In March Stanwell announced 50 new positions at the Meandu Mine with contractor Downer EDI Mining to provide extra coal for the Tarong Power Stations.

But 12 of those positions have been scrapped.

Since the announcement the mine has taken on 38 new staff members and a Stanwell spokesperson said there will be more opportunities next year.

"Stanwell is increasing its operations of the generating units at the Tarong site and will need more coal from Meandu Mine," the spokesperson said.

One of the units placed in cold storage 18 months ago after the industry suffered a downturn with a lower demand for coal was brought back online two weeks ago.

About 85% of the 38 new employees were local job seekers.

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