A resource analyst says he does not expect significant change in north-west Queensland from a merger between mining company Xstrata and commodities trader Glencore.
If it goes ahead, Glencore-Xstrata would become the fourth-biggest commodities company in terms of market capitalisation, after BHP Billiton, Vale and Rio Tinto.
The deal still requires regulatory approvals.
Analyst David Lennox says Glencore already owns a significant portion of Xstrata and he does not expect changes to projects already going ahead.
"The Queensland region is a very good region in terms of resources and certainly Glencore and Xstrata as a merged group would be still interested in what may be available around the region for certainly at this point in time," he said.
"We're aware that the coal sector has at the moment - they're facing quite a dark period.
"We do think that the balance sheet that Xstrata's got is quite strong.
"Its mines are quite profitable still even at current price levels and we think it will be for Xstrata ...
business as usual but projects are constantly under review."