Appin and West Cliff seek to optimize methane gas management

SOUTH32's Illawarra Coal division is proposing to make modifications to its Bulli seam operations at Appin and West Cliff mines in New South Wales.
Appin and West Cliff seek to optimize methane gas management Appin and West Cliff seek to optimize methane gas management Appin and West Cliff seek to optimize methane gas management Appin and West Cliff seek to optimize methane gas management Appin and West Cliff seek to optimize methane gas management

West Cliff Colliery, New South Wales Illawarra region.

Lou Caruana

The proposal seeks to more effectively manage methane gas during mining in order to maintain safety during longwall mining operations, according to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

The project will involve constructing a pipeline between two existing ventilation shafts to convey the gas to the gas extraction plant operated by Energy Developments for electricity generation.

The pipeline will mostly be buried beneath the surface along Brooks Point Road.

The modification request also seeks to consolidate two project approvals into one and to provide up-to-date project information via a telephone hotline instead of the project’s Appin shopfront.

A spokesman for the Department of Planning and Environment said the local community always has an opportunity to share their views.

“Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and the applicant will have to respond to the feedback we receive,” he said.

“This feedback is taken into consideration as part of the assessment.

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