Preliminary discussions underway at Wongawilli

WOLLONGONG Coal is holding preliminary planning discussions with key stakeholders and underground coal mine contractor Delta SBD in the expectation that operations at its Wongawilli colliery in New South Wales will recommence early this year.

Lou Caruana

This follows the approval late last year by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission for a time extension modification at Wongawilli.

Wollongong Coal has appointed Delta SBD to oversee and manage the recommencement of operations at Wongawilli. Under the arrangement, Delta SBD will provide technical expertise, personnel and equipment services at the mine as well as manage day to day operations.

The arrangements with Delta are for an interim period of two years as Wollongong Coal focuses on future approvals and longer-term management and workplace arrangements at Wongawilli.

Similar arrangements exist at numerous resource sector operations and will allow Wollongong Coal to benefit from Delta’s expertise.

The approval will allow mining activities previously approved in 2011 to continue for another five years, and will create up to 110 jobs for Illawarra miners and generate up to $19 million in royalties to the NSW government.