Enhance Place mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Enhance Place mine operated from 1997 to 2005 as an open cut mine. A 2017 environmental management report stated that the mine “was established … to recover remnant coal from areas previously open cut mined in the 1950’s. A principle objective of Enhance Place was to provide the means to improve the appearance and general amenity of the land through the rehabilitation of land previously impacted by mining.”[1]

By June 2005, all the economically feasible coal had been extracted. In total, the Enhance Place mine extracted 609,940 tonnes of coal during its lifetime.[1]

Since then, the focus has been on rehabilitation. According to the same 2017 environmental management report, “surface water control, rehabilitation of land-form with seeding and fertilisation, feral animal and weed control programmes have been implemented with final rehabilitation nearing completion.”[1]

Though the coal mine’s longest mining lease extends through 2023, it appears unlikely that the mine will reopen operations.[1]


The undated image below shows the approximate location of the retired mine.

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Project Details

  • Sponsor: Enhance Place Pty Ltd[1]
  • Parent Company: Enhance Place Pty Ltd[1]
  • Location: Located in the Western Coalfields of NSW at Blackmans Flat, 15km northwest of Lithgow and approximately 3km southeast of Mount Piper Power Station.[1]
  • GPS Coordinates: -33.4033131,150.089431 (approximate)[1]
  • Status: Care and maintenance since 2005[1]
  • Production Capacity: 89,000 tonnes in 2004, its last full year of operation[1]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 0 Mt[1]
  • Coal type:
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: Open Cut[1]
  • Start Year: 1997[1]
  • Source of Financing: