Glencore has received approval from the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) for its Glendell Continuing Mining Project located in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales. South Wales.
A final decision on the project will now be taken by the NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC) following its assessment process which will include a public hearing.
The Glendell surface coal mine is part of Glencore Coal’s Mount Owen complex in Ravensworth.
The complex contains the Mt Owen, Ravensworth East and Glendell mines, the integration of these operations allowing all sites to use a single coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) as well as the Mt Owen mine infrastructure .
The Glendell project proposes to continue mining for another 21 years beyond current approvals until around 2044 on land almost wholly owned by Glencore.
The project is to extend the life of the existing operations by establishing a new mining area, the Glendell Pit Extension, north of the current Glendell Pit.
Development of the Glendell pit extension would allow the extraction of an additional 135 million tonnes (Mt) of run-of-mine coal over 21 years, at an increased production rate of up to 10 million tonnes per year.
The project will provide employment opportunities for 690 people and create an additional 350 jobs in the construction sector.
Glencore has invested over $15 million in the development of the project and over the past five years has engaged with a wide range of stakeholders on different aspects of the project including the Singleton Council, government agencies , registered Aboriginal parties, close neighbors and the communities of Singleton and Broke.
It will also add $282 million in royalties that will help the NSW government continue to pay nurses, teachers and police salaries, and build much-needed infrastructure.
Public submissions in support of the project commented on economic benefits, including job creation and payment of royalties to the NSW Government, as well as positive social impacts, noting Glencore’s support for local businesses and community organizations .
Those opposed to the project were primarily concerned with potential impacts on air quality, water resources and impacts on amenities, as well as broader comments on the mining industry‘s impact on the climate change.
The DPIE concluded that Glencore has designed the project to strike the right balance between maximizing the recovery of a nationally significant coal resource and minimizing potential environmental impacts.