The Moolarben Coal Complex is located approximately 40 kilometres north of Mudgee in the Western Coalfields of New South Wales (NSW).
Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd (MCO) is the operator of the Moolarben Coal Complex on behalf of the Moolarben Joint Venture (Moolarben Coal Mines Pty Ltd, Sojitz Moolarben Resources Pty Ltd and a consortium of Korean power companies). MCO and Moolarben Coal Mines Pty Ltd are wholly owned subsidiaries of Yancoal Australia Limited.
Operating 24 hours a day, the Moolarben Coal Complex comprises four approved open cut mining areas (OC1 to OC4), three approved underground mining areas (UG1, UG2 and UG4) and other mining related infrastructure (including coal processing and transport facilities).
Mining operations at the Moolarben Coal Complex are currently approved until 31 December 2038 and would continue to be carried out in accordance with Project Approval (05_0117) (Moolarben Coal Project Stage 1) as modified and Project Approval (08_0135) (Moolarben Coal Project Stage 2).
Moolarben Coal Complex Open Cut Optimisation Modification
Moolarben Coal is seeking approval from the NSW Department of Planning & Environment and Federal Department of the Environment and Energy to modify its Project Approvals (5_0117 and PA 08_0135)
The Modification involves optimisations to approved Stage 1 and Stage 2 operations at the Moolarben Coal Complex.
The key element of the Modification is an increase in run-of-mine (ROM) coal production from the Stage 1 and Stage 2 open cuts (OC1 to OC4). The Modification also involves a minor extension to the OC2 pit limit, minor extensions and reductions of the OC3 pit limits, rehabilitation, water management and relocated/additional surface infrastructure.
The environmental assessment prepared to support the Modification can be found here.