Wallarah 2 Coal Project has placed amended plans on display for public comment after failing to get Aboriginal Land Council approval of its original proposal. In 2014, the New South Wales Land & Environment Court had ruled that the project was subject to Aboriginal Land Council consent.
The new proposal avoids impact on Aboriginal land and thus removes the need for Aboriginal Land Council consent, said Wallarah 2 Coal Project Manager, Kenny Barry. It also reduces environmental impacts.
The amended plans redesign to coal transportation infrastructure and sewer connection for the project. The original rail loop is removed and the rail spur and train loadout are relocated. The conveyor system has also been extended to deliver coal to the new location of the train loadout.
Other aspects of the project remain the same, explained Barry: “The proposed mining area, mining methods and maximum production rates remain the same. Coal handling and rail loading methods remain the same. Other surface infrastructure remains the same. The construction schedule remains the same. The operational and construction workforce and capital investment value remain the same.”
The amended plan would also reduce the area of disturbance of bushland at the Tooheys Road site by 29%, added Barry.
The project is located about 5 km northwest of Wyong, which is roughly half way between Sydney and Newcastle in New South Wales. It includes a longwall coal mine with associated facilities running for 28 years with extraction of up to 5 million tpy of export-quality thermal coal.
The project is majority owned by Kores Australia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Korea Resources Corp., a state-owned mining and investment agency of South Korea. Minority interests are held by Sojitz Coal Resources, Kyungdon Australia, SK Networks Resources Australia (Wyong and SK Networks Resources.
Edited Jonathan Rowland.
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