Hunter Valley North coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor
This article is part of the Global Coal Mine Tracker, a project of Global Energy Monitor.

The Hunter Valley North coal mine is a surface mine owned by Yancoal Australia (51%) and Glencore (49%) and part of their Hunter Valley Operations, alongside Hunter Valley South coal mine. Hunter Valley North produced 8.4 million tonnes of coal in 2019, though the mine has an approved production limit of 22 mtpa.[1]

The mine is located in Lemington, New South Wales, Australia.


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According to Yancoal's website: Production commenced at Hunter Valley Operations in 1949 at the current West Pit, which is now a part of Hunter Valley North. The Hunter Valley No. 1 mine began production in 1979. In 2000 Coal & Allied merged the West Pit and Hunter Valley mine to create Hunter Valley Operations. The Lemington mine, which began production in 1971, was acquired and merged into HVO in 2001.[2]

The website continues: "In March 2009 Coal & Allied received approval from the NSW Government to replace the multiple approvals under which HVO South operated with a single Project Approval valid for 21 years to 2030. The approval included extraction of a further 84 million tonnes of coal and upgrades to a range of infrastructure at the mine."[2]

Yancoal Australia acquired HVO on 1 September 2017.[2]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent Company: Glencore (49%) and Yancoal (51%).[1]
  • Location: Located at Lemington, about 24km north-west of Singleton in the Upper Hunter Valley, NSW.[1]
  • GPS Coordinates: -32.4657844, 150.9734981 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production Capacity: 8.4 Mtpa[3]
  • Total Resource: 4,520 Mt as of 2019 for all of HVO[4]
  • Mineable Reserves: 650 Mt for all of HVO as of 2019[4]
  • Coal type: Thermal, Coking[5]
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: Open Cut​[5]
  • Start Year: 1949[2]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Welcome to Hunter Valley Operations," "Hunter Valley Operations website," accessed June 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "HUNTER VALLEY OPERATIONS," "Yancoal website," accessed June 2020.
  3. "2019 Annual Environmental Review," "Hunter Valley Operations," March 31, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Resources & Reserves as at 31 December 2019," "Glencore," accessed June 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Coal," "Glencore website," accessed June 2020.

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