Anglo American has lodged an application to expand its coal operations in the Hunter Valley.
The miner has put in application to develop its proposed Drayton South thermal coal mine, which is located near its existing Drayton open cut mine, according to the ABC.
The Drayton South mine will be a replacement for Drayton mine.
Drayton South is part of a general Hunter Valley expansion that also includes re-starting the Dartbrook underground coal mine, which is currently under care and maintenance.
According to Anglo American, Dartbrook contains in-situ resources of more than 900 million tonnes of coal, of which around 240 million tonnes can be surface mined.
Drayton South will provide employment for up to 500 Drayton mine employees and will use existing infrastructure and machinery, with a highwall miner and additional haulage fleet to be added at a later date.
Anglo has recently come under fire due to its safety breaches at its central Queensland coal mines, forcing the miner to suspend operations at its Dawson and Callide mines.
This followed another operational halt on 28 February where the miner carried out safety sessions to see how it could lift its safety levels after two serious accidents at its Grasstree and Foxleigh coal mines late last year.
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