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)
- relocating Ravensworth Homestead
- realigning the lower section of Yorks Creek
- realigning part of Hebden Road
- relocating 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 also outlines measures proposed to minimise and manage potential impacts.
The development application was lodged with DPIE in December 2019. The EIS was on public exhibition from 11 December 2019 until 14 February 2020. The EIS is available on our website and is also available on the DPIE Major Projects website. Hard copies are 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 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) forms part of the EIS. The SIA was 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. If you would like to find out more about the Project, we will be happy to arrange a meeting – just give us a call.
If you would like more information about future mining at Mount Owen Complex, please contact:
T: 0428 466 820
Environment & Community Manager (Acting)
T: 0448 077 270