Mining operations at the Moolarben Coal Complex are currently approved under NSW Project Approval (05_0117) (Moolarben Coal Project Stage 1) as modified and NSW Project Approval (08_0135) (Moolarben Coal Project Stage 2) as modified, granted under under Part 3A of the Environment Planning and Assessment (EP&A Act).
Stage 1 at the Moolarben Coal Complex has been operating for several years and at full development will comprise three open cut mines (OC1, OC2, and OC3), a longwall underground mine (UG4), and mining related infrastructure (including coal processing and transport facilities).
Stage 2 at the Moolarben Coal Complex has commenced and at full development will comprise one open cut mine (OC4), two longwall underground mines (UG1 and UG2), and mining related infrastructure.
Current Project Approvals can be downloaded here:
The Project Approvals (05_0117 and 08_0135) have been subject to a number of modifications. The modifications were generally required to reconfigure the mine layout (e.g. extension to mining areas, relocation of coal handling infrastructure and water infrastructure) and were aimed to improve the efficiency and operation of the Moolarben Coal Complex and enable access to additional economically viable coal reserves. Further information on these modifications can be found below.