The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has approved Whitehaven Coal’s Vickery coal project in the Gunnedah Basin.
The approval comes as Whitehaven ramps up operations at its nearby Maules Creek coal mine, and was welcomed by Whitehaven CEO Paul Flynn who called it a significant positive step for the company.
“This provides another growth option for the company following the development of Maules Creek,” he said.
“Whitehaven can now seek to form a joint venture for this long life development which will produce Maules Creek quality coal.”
Vickery itself was acquired from Coal & Allied in 2010, and comprises several mining and exploration tenements.
The project, which is approved for an initial 4.5 million tonnes output, is located about 25 kilometres north of Gunnedah near Whitehaven’s existing haul roads.
It has recoverable reserves of 204 million tonnes contained within total coal resources of 537 million tonnes.
The project does not require approvals from the Federal Government.