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Licences & Approvals


Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd (MCO) is the operator of the Moolarben Coal Complex. The Moolarben Coal Complex has been operating for several years and at full development will comprise four open cut mines (OC1, OC2, OC3 and OC4), three longwall underground mines (UG1, UG2 and UG4), and mining related infrastructure (including coal processing and transport facilities). Mining operations are currently approved until 31 December 2038.

Moolarben Coal Complex is approved to extract up to 24 Million Tonnes of coal per annum, with up to 16 million tonnes from open cut and up to 8 million tonnes from underground operations. 22 million tonnes of product coal can be transported from the site per annum.

Mining operations are undertaken in accordance with relevant Project Approvals, Mining Leases, EPBC approval decisions and Environmental Protection Licence. Exploration activities are undertaken in accordance with relevant Exploration Licences. Further details are provided in the related links below.

Stage 2 Modification 4

An application has been lodged for minor adjustments to the mine layout for the approved underground mine 'UG2' at the Moolarben Coal Complex. The modification includes optimising the approved UG2 layout, increased UG2 extraction height, revised UG2 mine sequence, construction and operation of a remote services infrastructure area within the approved OC4 disturbance footprint to support UG2 operations, and a small reduction to the approved OC4 extent to accommodate optimised UG2 layout. 

This modification application is currently under review by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and available at the following link on the NSW Major Projects Website: