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DPE approves Springvale extraction plan

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World Coal,

The New South Wales (NSW) Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) has approved Centennial Coal’s extraction plan for the Springvale coal mine extension project after receiving advice from an independent panel of experts.

The independent panel was convened as a condition of the NSW Planning Assessment Committee’s approval of the project last year. The panel reviewed and provided advice to the DPE on the mine’s extraction plan for Longwall 419.

Approval of the extraction plan comes with strict conditions for Centennial to follow to ensure swamp vegetation is appropriately monitored for impacts. These include the establishment of a range of sensors, including drilling additional monitoring boreholes at a number of the swamps and installing swamp moisture monitoring systems to track whether mining impacts are remaining within approved measures.

DPE has also required Centennial to lodge an additional ASU$2 million offset bond to cover any potential impacts to the swamps.

Springvale mine began commercial operations in 1992. Located in the Western Coalfields of New South Wales, the mine produces thermal coal for the domestic power market and for export via Port Kembla.

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