Mount Owen Continued Operations Modification 2
The Mount Owen Continued Operations Modification 2 (Modification 2) is a proposal to extend the life of the Mount Owen Mine by an additional 6 years and provide an additional approximately 35 million tonnes (Mt) of run-of-mine (ROM) coal.
In December 2015, Glencore obtained mining tenements associated with its acquisition of the Integra Underground Mine. Prior to this acquisition, non-Glencore ownership of these tenements restricted the North Pit mine plan that formed part of the Mount Owen Continued Operations project approval (SSD-5850). A drilling program completed in 2016 has confirmed the presence of mineable reserves over these acquired tenements.
Recovery of the additional coal will come from a further 46 ha of disturbance and mining down to the Hebden Seam. The additional disturbance area represents an increase of approximately 1.8% to the area currently approved for disturbance. This change to the North Pit will allow the extension of the approved mine life through to 2037 (an additional 6 years).
In designing the modified mine plan, we have considered:
- Limiting new areas of disturbance
- Avoiding biodiversity offset areas
- Maintaining a set back from Main Creek
- In-built management features to minimise air quality, noise and blasting impacts
- Outcomes of 2016 exploration program
A Statement of Environmental Effects was prepared to accompany the modification application which was lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) in July 2018. Modification 2 was placed on public exhibition in August-September 2018. During the exhibition period 27 submissions were received, this included 15 community or interest group submissions and 12 government agency submissions. A Response to Submissions report was lodged with DPE in December 2018. DPE is still working though those responses and will need to be satisfied with all responses before approval could be granted.
Further information on Modification 2 is available in the Community Information Sheets. Alternatively the environmental assessment and other modification documentation can be accessed here:
Glendell Modification 4
Glendell commenced mining activities in 2008 and currently has approval under Development Consent DA 80/952 to mine up to 4.5 Mtpa of ROM coal through to June 2024. The Glendell Modification 4 (Modification 4) proposes the following minor changes:
- An adjustment of the western limit of the disturbance boundary to allow improved internal road layout
- The addition of a single mining strip (approximately 250 m) to extend the current mining time by approximately 8 months, with no change to the mine life.
- A reduction in the mine disturbance area by 10 ha. Achieved by increasing the area of riparian vegetation near Bettys Creek that will no longer be disturbed by the mine.
- None of these modifications will affect the current project boundary.
A Statement of Environmental Effects has been prepared to accompany the modification application which was lodged with DPE in November 2018. Modification 4 was placed on public exhibition in November-December 2018. During the exhibition period 42 submissions were received, this included 36 community or interest group submissions and 6 government agency submissions. A Response to Submissions report is currently being prepared for lodgment in March 2019.
Further information on Modification 4 including the environmental assessment and other modification documentation can be accessed here:
Glendell Continued Operations Project
We are currently progressing the environmental assessment for an extension to the Glendell open cut mining operation with the submission of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) planned for mid-2019. The Project involves an extension of the open cut mine to the north and the extraction of approximately 135 Mt of ROM coal with mining continuing until 2044. The Project also proposes the realignment of a section of Hebden Road, the diversion of a portion of Yorks Creek and the relocation of the Ravensworth Homestead.
In 2011, we commenced pre-feasibility studies into the continuation of open cut mining at Glendell. As an outcome of the studies, we have undertaken further exploration and mine planning studies which have identified opportunities to extend the life of the Glendell operation and allow continued use of existing infrastructure at the Mount Owen Complex.
Under the Project throughput at the CHPP will remain capped at 17 Mtpa ROM coal, however production from the Project would progressively increase from 4.5 Mtpa to 10 Mtpa ROM coal, as production levels reduce in the North Pit and Bayswater North Pit.
The Project requires development consent under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). A Development Application accompanied by a detailed EIS is being prepared and will be submitted to DPE. A Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) was lodged in May 2018 as part of the process and Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) were issued by DPE in June 2018. These documents are available in the Documentation section of this page.
The Project is also likely to require approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). A referral under the EPBC Act was submitted to the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy in February 2019.
We have completed the first phase of consultation to inform the social impact assessment (SIA) and we wish to thank those in the local community who took part in the face-to-face interviews. Contribution to the SIA process can be made throughout 2019, so your thoughts on the Project can be discussed with the SIA team at Umwelt, by contacting them on 0488 229 179.
In relation to the Ravensworth Homestead, the Ravensworth Homestead Advisory Committee, which is a committee comprising representatives from the local community and businesses, is currently investigating relocation and end-use options for the homestead complex. Glencore has initiated a number of detailed studies that will help inform the option assessment process. We will continue to keep the community informed on the progress of the Advisory Committee over the coming months. More information on Ravensworth Homestead can be found in the July 2018 Community Information Sheet.
Further information on the Project is available in the Community Information Sheets. You can also access the PEA and SEARs in the Documentation section or alternatively further information can be accessed here:
If you would like more information about future mining at Mount Owen Complex, please contact:
T: 0428 466 820
Environment & Community Manager
T: 0400 266 877