Central Queensland remains powerhouse of state mining sector

CENTRAL Queensland has proven it is the state's economic powerhouse in mining.

At least that's what the figures say in the Federal Government's books.

New October figures from the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics show Queensland had more "committed" projects than almost any other state, with 19 projects worth $77 billion in their advanced stages.

Of those 19 projects, 14 were in Central Queensland, including areas near Moranbah, Glenden, south Mackay, Capricornia, the Central Highlands and Gladstone.

CQ mining projects in advanced stages included Grosvenor Underground Coal, Eagle Downs Coal, Hay Point Coal Infrastructure, Middlemount Coal, Queensland Curtis Island Project LNG, Wiggins Island rail project and Goonyella System Expansion Coal infrastructure.

The combined value of the advanced CQ mining projects was believed to be a large chunk of the state's $77  billion projected worth in mining.

Eight of CQ's "committed" mining projects were believed to be worth more than $1 billion each.

The remaining mining projects were estimated to be worth between $100-900 million each.

Capricorn Enterprise chief executive Mary Carroll said the figures reflected the enterprise's annual major project status report, which revealed $159 billion worth of mining projects planned or underway in CQ over the next decade.

"This proves that CQ is the economic powerhouse of the state and the nation," Ms Carroll said.

"Mining is one of many economic sectors in the greater CQ region, which reflects the economic diversity of Rockhampton and the greater region."