Werris Creek Coal Mine - Project Profile

Client: Werris Creek Coal Pty Limited
Industry: Coal Mining
Status: Approved and Operating
Local Government Area: Liverpool Plains, NSW

The Werris Creek Coal Mine was originally approved in February 2005 to produce up to 2.0 million tonnes (Mt) of coal per annum (pa) from an open cut mine approximately 4km south of the town of Werris Creek. An extension to incorporate the entirety of the coal resource, along with an increase in the maximum annual production of coal to 2.5Mtpa, was approved on 25 October 2010.  The coal is crushed and screened at the Mine Site with no washing of coal undertaken. All but 50 000tpa of coal is transported from the Mine Site by rail, via a purpose built rail loop and rail load-out facility, and despatched to the Port of Newcastle for export.  The remaining 50 000tpa is available for domestic use.

At current production rates, mining at the Werris Creek Coal Mine will continue until 2021, with rehabilitation and mine closure planned for 2022. An Environmental Assessment is currently in preparation to support a development application to modify the project approval to enable a small extension of the overburden emplacement, minor modifications to mining sequence, the introduction of a dry separation coal processing plant and irrigation of water onto mine owned farm land.