Illawarra coal mine continues expansion

Gujarat NRE is looking to further expand its coal operations on Illawarra , with plans to establish new mining domains going on public display.

Gujarat NRE’s application for a major mine expansion at NRE No1 Colliery is part of the company’s expansion at the Russel Vale site, The Illawarra Mercury reported.

The expansion could produce three million tonnes more coal per annum, with a total of 46 million over the predicted 18-year lifespan of the project.

The expansion is also expected to increase the mine’s workforce by 53.

Gujarat NRE said the expansion would generate $609 million over the life of the project, with local expenditure expected to exceed $1 billion.

The application states that there could be negative impacts for residents in the local area including more coal trucks on the roads, and noise from site operations.

However, the company says that these issues will be mitigated by the construction of noise barriers, the use of acoustic mitigation equipment, and by enforcing a driver conduct code.

Gujarat NRE’s received approval to mine its Longwall 5 at Russel Vale in December.

Indian-owned mining firm Gujarat NRE Coking Coal announced plans to invest $500 million in the expansion of its coal mines in New South Wales in 2010.

Gujarat NRE owns and operates two underground coal mines in the Illawarra region.

The company reinvigorated the local industry when it originally bought two mines that had ceased operations, and invested over $270 million to revive the mines, creating 450 new jobs over the years.

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