Mount Owen Continued Operations Project

Mount Owen Continued Operations Project proposes to extend the life of the existing Mount Owen Complex (see Section 1.2.2) (Glencore, 2013, p. 3; Glencore, 2014b, p. 1). It will further develop the northern part of the previously disturbed Ravensworth East Mine, referred to as the Bayswater North Pit (BNP), in addition to changes to the current North Pit (Glencore, 2014b, p. 1). The project EIS was submitted in January 2015 (Umwelt (Australia) Pty Limited, 2015).

The project seeks to:

  • extract approximately 74 Mt of ROM coal from the North Pit Continuation through open-cut methods, extending mining until approximately 2030
  • maintain the current approved Ravensworth East extraction rate of 4 Mt/year
  • extract approximately 12 Mt/year of ROM coal from the BNP followed by extraction of 6 Mt of ROM coal from the Ravensworth East Resource Recovery Project (RERR) mining area (Umwelt (Australia) Pty Limited, 2015, p. 2).

Infrastructure approval is also sought including upgrades and improvements to the existing CHPP and stockpile facilities (Umwelt (Australia) Pty Limited, 2015, p. 3). The EIS public exhibition period ended on 6 March 2015 and public submissions are currently being reviewed by Glencore (NSW Department of Planning and Environment, 2015b).

Last updated:
18 January 2019
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