New Lenton coal mine
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New Lenton coal mine is a proposal for a surface mine for coking coal and thermal coal. If built it would sit 120 kilometres south west of Mackay, in the Issac Municipality of Central Queensland.
While the Queensland Government states that the proposal for the mine has officially lapsed, the New Hope Group still considers the mine in "exploration and development."
The mine is on the land of the Barada Bana People and the Widi of Nebo, formally Wiri People Core Country.
In 2018, the project lapsed during environmental assessments and is likely shelved.
The New Lenton coal mine would lie adjacent to the Issac River, 20 kilometres south of the town of Glenden, 65 kilometres north west of Nebo and 65 kilometres north of Moranbah, in the Issac Municipality of Central Queensland.
Coal Mine Background
There is an existing mining lease on the project, which was granted in 2008, with three additional Exploration Permits for Coal, that extend beyond the mining lease boundary. The approval allows for mining of up to 2.0 Million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of coal.
The project was being assessed by way of a voluntary environmental impact statement by the Queensland Government. The terms of reference were finalised and issued to the proponent on 27 June 2014. The proponent then had up to two years to prepare and submit an Environmental Impact Statement for the project based on those terms of reference. On 12 January 2016 the proponent requested, and was granted, an extension of two years to submit the Environmental Impact statements until 27 June 2018.
An Environmental Impact Statement was not received by 27 June 2018. Consequently, the Environmental Impact Statement process is suspended. If New Hope Corporation Ltd wishes to recommence the Environmental Impact Statement assessment process for the project in the future, it would need to do so by submitting a new draft terms of reference and paying the prescribed fee.
While the Queensland Government states that the proposal for the mine has officially lapsed, the New Hope Group still considers the mine in "exploration and development." In October 2019, New Hope Group reported that "an Environmental Authority amendment for the New Lenton Mine had been lodged with the State Government to enhance integration with the Burton Mine infrastructure."
In their 2019 annual report, the New Hope Group wrote that Lenton Mine is "progressing a major amendment to the Environmental Authority, Associated Water Licence (AWL) application and EPBC Act referral."
Coal is being proposed to be extracted from the site for 25 years.
- Sponsor: New Hope Coal/ Formosa Plastics Group
- Parent Company: New Hope Group 90%, Mai-Lao Power Corporation (10%)
- Location: 120 kilometres south west of Mackay, in Central Queensland
- GPS Coordinates: -21.528062, 148.196995 (approximate)
- Status: Shelved
- Production Capacity: 2 Mtpa, increasing to 8 Mtpa
- Total Resource: 380 Mt
- Mineable Reserves: 21 Mt
- Coal type: Coking, pulverised coal injection and thermal coal
- Mine Size: 4,895 hectares
- Mine Type: Surface mine
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