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Decommissioning works at Hazelwood coal mine underway

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Decommissioning works in the Hazelwood coal mine, including the final cleaning of overburden plant, are well under way.

Decommissioning works at Hazelwood coal mine underway

Power has been disconnected from all conveyors and the remaining large mining equipment (LME) – Dredgers 24 and 25, together with mobile slew conveyor S94 and travelling stacker TS2.

All eight LME machines are now located in their final decommissioning/demolition site areas located across the mine.

The remaining decommissioning activities include the progressive removal of oil and grease from both plant and out-of-service components located in storage areas, removal from both plant and site of all conveyor belting, relocation of infrastructure for ongoing rehabilitation activities and preparatory works ahead of demolition.

ENGIE’s Mine Decommissioning Manager, Dave Baxter, said trestles on the four LME hydraulic machines were installed as supports to allow booms to be off-loaded, enabling oil to be removed safely.

“Cleaning is progressing well with associated overburden conveyors finished and the final cleaning of D25 is due to be completed this week,” Baxter said.

“Completion of the remaining decommissioning activities are linked to proposed demolition timeframes.”

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