Under the modification, Xstrata will increase the maximum run of mine (ROM) coal production of the mine from 3.6 million tonnes per annum to 4.5Mtpa.
Xstrata Coal NSW chief operating officer Mick Buffier said investment of $A290 million into the mine will directly create up to 100 construction and 150 operational jobs over the life of the operation.
“Glendell will contribute to the ongoing viability of Xstrata Coal’s Mt Owen complex and improve the efficiency of coal production in the area by sharing established coal processing and transportation infrastructure with existing operations,” Buffier said.
The company will appoint a contractor to open up a box cut on site within the coming weeks.
As part of the consent modification, Xstrata Coal will implement an environmental management process to address greenhouse gas and energy conservation, air quality, noise and vibration, water resources, and flora and fauna.
Glendell is located at Hebden in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales, approximately 25km northwest of Singleton.