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 is on public exhibition from 11 December 2019 until 31 January 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.
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. As more than 25 objections were received, under the EPA Act, the Independent Planning Commission of NSW (IPC) is the consent authority. A Response to Submissions report was lodged in May 2019. DPIE has completed their assessment of the modification and is satisfied that it has carefully considered and addressed all public submissions. Based on its assessment, DPIE considers that the modification is approvable, subject to minor amendments to the existing conditions of consent. As such, Modification 4 was referred by DPIE to the IPC in December 2019 for determination.
Further information on Modification 4 including the environmental assessment, response to submissions and other modification documentation can be accessed on the DPIE Major Projects or IPC websites at the links below:
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