Loy Yang mine

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The Loy Yang coal mine is a surface mine producing 28 million tonnes per annum for the Loy Yang A power station and Loy Yang B power station, near Traralgon, Victoria, Australia.[1] The mine is owned by AGL Energy and is operated by AGL's subsidiary, Loy Yang Power.


The map below shows the exact location of the mine near Traralgon, Victoria, Australia.

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Legislation passed in November 1976 provided for the construction of a 4,000-Megawatt power generating project with coal supply from a new open cut at Loy Yang.[2] Site works commenced in February 1977 and in 1982, the first dredger at Loy Yang Mine was commissioned and commercial operations commenced with the removal of overburden in 1982.[2]

AGL acquired Loy Yang in 2012.[2]

In 2022, AGL announced a targeted closure date of 2035 for Loy Yang power station as the company reshapes its future energy portfolio.[2] Initially, mining operations were scheduled to cease in 2048 (along with the power station), but in light of this new timeline, the Loy Yang mine will likely also close more than a decade earlier than planned.[3]

Community Opposition

On September 3, 2007, activists from Real Action on Climate Change chained themselves to the coal conveyor belt from the Loy Yang Mine which supplies coal to the brown-coal-fired Loy Yang A Power Station and Loy Yang B Power Station in Traralgon, Australia. Two people , and others hung several large banners from the plant. The action took place several days before an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Sydney, and was intended to draw attention to Prime Minister John Howard's failure to limit Australian carbon emissions. Four people were arrested.[4][5]

Project Details

  • Operator: Loy Yang Power Management
  • Owner: AGL Energy
  • Location: Traralgon, Victoria, Australia
  • GPS Coordinates: -38.233191,146.565514 (exact)
  • Status: Operating.
  • Production Capacity: 28 MTPA[6]
  • Total Resource: 168 billion tonnes[7]
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Mine Size: 650 hectares
  • Coal Type: Subbituminous (Thermal)
  • Mine Type: Surface
  • Start Year: 1982[2]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Loy Yang Power, "Mining", Loy Yang Power website, accessed August 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "AGL Loy Yang Power Station - History", AGL website, accessed April 2023.
  3. "Loy Yang", Mine Land Rehabilitation Authority, accessed April 2023.
  4. Climate Protest Shuts Down Power Station, ABC News, September 3, 2007.
  5. Disrupting Loy Yang, Real Action on Climate Change blog, September 3, 2007.
  6. Australian Government, Queensland Bioregional Assessments, Loy Yan Mine and Power Station, 8 January 2018
  7. LOY YANG POWER STATION COMPLEX, Engineers Australia, July 2018.

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