Glendell Continued Operations Project
What is the Project?
Glendell Mine is seeking approval to continue current open cut mining to the north of its existing operations, as shown in the figure to the right. The Glendell Mine is part of the Mount Owen Complex, located off Hebden Road at Ravensworth. The Project would provide access to approximately 135 million tonnes (Mt) of additional coal resources located on land almost completely owned by Glencore.
Key aspects of the Project include:
- mining the additional coal resources including on-going use of overburden emplacement areas, predominantly in-pit
- extending the mining life of Glendell Mine to 2044
- increasing the annual production rate during stages of the Project to match existing capacity across the Mount Owen Complex
- utilising existing infrastructure at the Mount Owen Complex
- constructing a new Mine Infrastructure Area (MIA)
- relocation of the Ravensworth Homestead
- realigning the lower section of Yorks Creek
- realigning part of Hebden Road
- relocating lower-voltage powerlines
The Project is declared as being State significant development (SSD) and will require development consent under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). The Project will also require approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required to support the development application for the Project. The EIS details the potential environmental and social impacts that may be experienced during both construction and operation of the Project. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) issued the Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) that detail the matters to be addressed in the EIS (the SEARs are available in the Documentation section). The EIS will also outline measures proposed to minimise and manage potential impacts.
The development application is planned to be lodged with DPIE by the end of 2019. Public exhibition inviting submissions from government agencies and the community will follow lodgement. The EIS will be made available on the DPIE Major Projects website and hard copies will be available for viewing at selected locations. We will continue to post information about the progress of the EIS here.
What is being assessed?
Comprehensive technical assessments have been completed, or are near completion, which identify the potential impacts of the Project and recommend measures to minimise and manage potential impacts. The project design has been informed by many of the studies to ensure impacts are mitigated as far as reasonably and feasibly possible.
A detailed Social Impact Assessment (SIA) is now being finalised as part of the EIS. This is being prepared in accordance with the assessment guideline for State significant mining, petroleum production and extractive industry development, which was adopted by the NSW Government in 2017. The SIA is about identifying, assessing and effectively managing the social impacts that may be associated with the Project, and identifying opportunities to enhance the benefits of the Project.
Engagement with relevant stakeholders for the Project commenced in 2017. The engagement contributed to the identification of key issues to focus the EIS preparation.
The next phase of consultation will commence in September 2019. The results of the studies detailed in the EIS will be presented to the community through individual meetings and upcoming Information Sessions prior to lodgement of the EIS. We welcome you to come along to one of the Information Sessions:
- Singleton Youth Venue, 18 September, 2:30pm to 5:30pm, and 21 September, 9am to 12 noon.
- Broke Hall, 19 September 4pm to 6pm.
If you can't make it to these events and would like to find out more about the Project, we will be happy to arrange a meeting at a time and place that suits you – just give us a call.
Additional consultation as part of the SIA will also take place over the coming weeks. Contribution to the SIA process can be made throughout 2019 by contacting the Umwelt SIA team on 0488 229 179.
Glendell Modification 4
Mining activities at Glendell Mine commenced in 2008 as approved under DA 80/952. The approval permits mining 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 DPIE 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 was lodged in May 2019. Modification 4 is still undergoing assessment.
Further information on Modification 4 including the environmental assessment, response to submissions and other modification documentation can be accessed on the DPIE Major Projects website here:
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).
A Statement of Environmental Effects was prepared to accompany the modification application which was lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (now Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE)) 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 in December 2018. Modification 2 was approved on 4 September 2019.
Further information on Modification 2 is available in the Community Information Sheets. Alternatively the environmental assessment, response to submissions, other modification documentation and a copy of the modified development consent can be accessed on the DPIE Major Projects website here:
Further information on the Project is available in the Community Information Sheets and Documentation attached to this page. Alternatively you can access further information on the DPIE Major Projects website 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