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Submissions open for Maxwell Underground mine project near Jerrys Plains


Submissions are open for the Maxwell Underground mine project near Jerrys Plains.

Malabar Coal has put their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on public exhibition for the project that would see bord and pillar and longwall methods to extract coal for 26 years. 

At least 75 per cent of the product coal produced by the Project would be coking coal capable of being used in the making of steel and 8 million tonnes would be extracted per annum.

Malabar Coal hope to be mining by 2021. 

The mine exploration license was once held by Anglo American who tried a number of times to get approval for the mine but it was knocked back several times due to the impact on world renowned thoroughbred studs Coolmore and Godolphin. 

Anglo American sold the license to Malabar Coal in 2018.

The existing infrastructure would be used for handling, processing and transportation of coal for the life of the Project. 

The Maxwell Infrastructure includes an existing coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP), train load-out facilities and other infrastructure and services (including water management infrastructure, administration buildings, workshops and services).

A mine entry area would be developed for the Project in a natural valley in the north of the mine to support underground mining and coal transfer activities and to provide for personnel and materials access.

Once the Project is operational it would directly employ 350 people and the initial construction activities would see an average of approximately 90 personnel, and a maximum of approximately 250 personnel.

The Project is a State Significant Development.

The EIS has taken all aspects of the project into consideration including subsidence, water use, final formations, etc. 

In terms of potential air quality and noise impacts, the EIS explains that those impacts are "significantly mitigated by the adoption of underground mining methods and other Project design measures".

To make a submission: https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects/project/10151

Submissions close September 24.

Image credit: Malabar Coal EIS