The Narrabri Underground Mine is located approximately 30km south-east of Narrabri, and 10km north-west of Baan Baa. The mine has been operating successfully since 2012 and employs around 250 people who live locally. As one of the most productive underground mines in Australia, Narrabri is currently approved to produce 11 million tonnes per annum of high quality thermal coal until 2031.
Technological advancements have enabled us to better understand the area and the coal resource. We are also now able to more efficiently extract coal, and it is in this context that we are applying for an extension of the existing mine. The proposal seeks to extract coal to the south of the current mine within the existing Exploration Licence area, and via the established surface infrastructure, using the existing coal handling preparation plant, rail loop, box cut and offices. No new major surface facilities will be constructed.
Under the proposal, we will continue extracting coal via the underground longwall mining method already being successfully used at the mine, and we are seeking to increase the mine’s production from 11Mtpa to 13Mtpa. This will extend the life of the mine from 2031 to 2045, providing continued employment for hundreds of local people.
We’re committed to ensuring the project meets all required approvals, which includes making sure our project and approach align with local community expectations. We do this through meaningful and transparent dialogue with stakeholders, and listening to, and understanding, any concerns and issues as they arise through interactions with landholders, community information drop-in sessions and information mail outs. We’ll continue to work with a growing cross-section of groups and individuals, using a variety of tools and approaches, as the project progresses.
The proposal must go through an extensive State and Federal Government approval process. We anticipate lodging an Environmental Impact Statement with the NSW Department of Planning & Environment in early 2020. Find more information here.