New Hunter Valley mine gets go-ahead

EXCEL Mining subsidiary Wilpinjong Coal was given the green light as successful tenderers for the Wilpinjong Coal development area, which will eventually supply thermal coal to two Hunter Valley power stations.

Angie Tomlinson

Located 40 kilometres north-east of Mudgee in New South Wales, the open-cut mine will supply to Macquarie Generation for its Bayswater and Liddell stations. The first five years of the supply contract was set at a fixed price.

About 20% of production was earmarked for export.

The mine has reserves of 170 million tonnes, over a 43 square kilometre area. It is expected the mine will become operational within the next five years.

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