Centennial advances logistics project

CENTENNIAL Coal’s Northern Coal Logistics project, which will considerably ramp up the amount of coal that can be hauled via private roads from its operations near Lake Macquarie, has entered the state exhibition phase of its greentape journey.
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The Mandalong mine, courtesy Centennial Coal

Blair Price

Under the project Centennial seeks approval to process up to 8 million tonnes run of mine from the Newstan colliery (up to 4.5Mtpa), the Awaba colliery (up to 0.88Mtpa) and the Mandalong longwall mine (up to 6Mtpa) at the Newstan coal preparation plant.

It also seeks approval to continue handling up to 6Mtpa ROM from the Mandalong-based coal delivery system and surface infrastructure known as the Cooranbang Entry Site.

In terms of key changes, Centennial seeks approval to expand the amount of coal it will haul from CES to Newstan via existing private haul roads from 4Mtpa to 6Mtpa.

It also wants to lift the amount of coal it could transport through an overland conveyor from CES to the Eraring Power Station from 4Mtpa to up to 6Mtpa.

Centennial also wants approval to lift the amount of coal hauled via private roads from Newstan to Earing from 2Mtpa to up to 4.5Mtpa.

Another key item is to expand the coal it can rail from Newstan to the possible destinations of Newcastle’s port, Port Kembla or Vale Point Power station from 3Mtpa to up to 8Mtpa.

While the project will provide New South Wales coal miner Centennial a lot more options for how it brings its coal to the market place, it will also secure up to 120 fulltime jobs over a 30-year life.

The project, if approved, will allow a maximum of 11.38Mtpa of ROM coal to be handled with up to 8Mtpa of product coal for potential export and up to 10.5Mtpa of product coal to be delivered to the nearby Eraring Power Station.

A spokeswoman told the ABC the project, which takes advantage of new coal handling facilities at CES and a new coal crushing facility at Mandalong, will integrate these operations into a single planning consent and provide more flexible coal handling and processing capabilities.

The exhibition phase of the project ends on November 18.

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