Mangoola coal mine

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The Mangoola Coal mine is surface mine, operated by Mangoola Coal Operations Pty. Limited, a subsidiary of Glencore near Wybong in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia.[1]

In 2021, the mine received approval for a life of mine extension, to continue operations to 2030.[2]

Location

The satellite photo below shows the exact location of the mine in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

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Background

On its website Xstrata Coal states that " Approval to construct and operate the Mangoola open cut coal mine was granted by the NSW Minister of Planning on 7 June 2007. In October 2007, Xstrata Coal purchased the mine. Xstrata Mangoola Pty Limited manages the mine on behalf of Xstrata Coal. Xstrata Mangoola is approved to extract and process up to 10.5 million tonnes per annum of coal from an undeveloped coal reserve at Mangoola for a period of 21 years from the granting of the mining lease on 20 November 2008."[1]

Opposition

In August 2019, the environmental group Lock the Gate announced its opposition to the mine on the grounds that its expansion would accelerate further damage to the Wybong village and intensify the region's economic dependence on the industry. Georgina Woods, a Lock the Gate Alliance spokesperson, expresses her disapproval: “The noise and dust from the mine has depopulated the district and those people that remain suffer physically and emotionally as a result.”[3]

In April 2021, the New South Wales Government granted Glencore permits to extend the life of the mine until 2029 through a new pit at the operation.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Mangoola Coal Operations Pty. Limited
  • Parent Company: Glencore[5]
  • Location: Near Wybong, New South Wales (NSW), approximately 20 kilometres (km) west of Muswellbrook, and approximately 10 km north of Denman in the Muswellbrook Local Government Area (LGA)[5]
  • GPS Coordinates: -32.294922, 150.706712 (exact)
  • Status: Operating[5]
  • Production Capacity: 7.3 mtpa of product coal[5]
  • Total Resource: 180 million tonnes[5]
  • Mineable Reserves: 81 million tonnes[6]
  • Coal type: Thermal coal
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Depth: 50m
  • Mine Type: Open-cut[5]
  • Workforce Size:340 [7]
  • Start Year: 1999[5]
  • Source of Financing:

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Xstrata Coal, "Narama", Xstrata Coal website, accessed August 2010.
  2. Australian state commission approves extension of Glencore's Mangoola coal mine, Reuters, April 26, 2021
  3. Mangoola madness: Coal mine extension must be rejected to save community, Lock the Gate Alliance website, August 27, 2019.
  4. Jake LaphamIPC approves controversial Mangoola coal mine expansion in Hunter Valley ABC Upper Hunter, April 28, 2021
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 About Us, Glencore Mangoola Open Cut, Accessed January 29, 2020
  6. Glencore Plc, Resources Reserves Report, 2017
  7. Mangoola Coal Project

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