Glencore applies to extend the life of Mt Owen mine

Glencore has submitted plans to extend the life of its Mount Owen mine in the Hunter Valley.

Under the proposal the mine will produce 74 million tonnes of coal over the next 18 years.

The project will see Glencore build a rail overpass and a new dual lane bridge over Bowman’s creek.

It will also see the construction of an additional rail line and onsite infrastructure upgrades including the extension and improvements of the existing CHPP and coal stockpile facilities.

Glencore said it will spend around $153 million on the extension project, with 330 construction jobs created.

The project is expected to inject $306 million into the Singleton community over its life, while the increase to the Hunter economy is expected to be $1.3 billion.

Glencore said issues identified by the local community through its consultation phase included air quality, noise, blasting, and traffic.

The company said it was confident it had the right procedures in place to minimise the effects on local residents.

The project’s Environmental Impact Statement is on display at Singleton Council until March 6.


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