Our newest and largest coal mine

Maules Creek produces some of the highest quality high energy thermal coal in Australia, and has been in operation since 2015. ​​

The mine has coal reserves to support 40 years of production, and we anticipate coal sales from the mine will deliver $2.4 billion in royalties in its first 21 years of production. The mine uses ultra-class mining equipment and is the site of a trial of an autonomous haulage system.

Operation Maules Creek
Ownership Whitehaven Coal 75%, Itochu 15%, J Power 10%
Commenced operations 2015
Location 45km south east of Narrabri
Type of operation Open cut coal mine
Operating hours 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
Production approval 13Mt run of mine coal per annum
Stage of operation In operation
Workforce 700
Maules Creek Mine
Rehabilitation at Maules Creek Mine will ultimately see the site become a woodland forest of more than 1,000 hectares.

The vast majority of the site will use geomorphic design, a best-practice landscape design process that encompasses a landscape’s natural features to move water through the rehabilitation area and produce more natural looking landforms. It generally requires less maintenance and provides greater stability once established, helping to create self-sustaining environments over the long-term.





Community Consultative Committee applications

The Maules Creek Community Consultative Committee (CCC) is looking for a mix of people who live locally or are members of a local community or stakeholder group (eg social, environment, Aboriginal or industry) to contribute constructively to committee discussions, attend around four meetings a year, and communicate information about the mine’s social and environmental operations between the committee and the broader community. Committee membership is voluntary. Whitehaven employees and contractors are not eligible for appointment to the committee as a community representative.

To make an Expression of Interest to join the Maules Creek CCC, please review the criteria, complete an application form and return it to the independent chairperson of the CCC, David Ross at or PO Box 943 Ingleburn NSW 1890.

For more information contact David Ross at 0402 060 649.

Environmental Management, Monitoring & Compliance

Blast Notification

Next scheduled blast: Tuesday the 16th of August 2022


*Time is indicative and could be approximately 30 minutes before or up to 60 minutes after

Blast numbers:


Information updated:

12/08/2022 at 9:45


The Proponent may carry out a maximum of:

  1. 1 blast a day; unless an additional blast is required following a blast misfire; and
  1.  4 blasts a week, averaged over a calendar year; for the project.

This condition does not apply to blasts that generate ground vibration of 0.5 mm/s or less at any residence or privately-owned land or to blasts required to ensure the safety of the mine or its workers.

For the purposes of this condition, a blast refers to a single blast event, which may involve a number of individual blasts fired in quick succession in a discrete area of the mine.

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Maules Creek Mine

Contact us via email or our community hotline for more information, to provide feedback or to lodge a complaint.

 1800WHAVEN (1800 942 836)


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Maules Creek Timeline


Project approved by Federal and NSW Governments


Construction began


First coal railed

less than one year after construction began


Maules Creek named NSW Mine of the Year

Produced 7.4 Mt saleable coal in first year of commercial production


Increased production to annualised rate of 10.5 Mtpa


Record annual ROM production of 12.7Mt

Future Planning

Increasing production for sustainable growth

Given the large reserves at the mine, we have begun to examine the possibility of further expansion opportunities at the operation. Potentially a further 3.0 Mtpa of ROM coal production could be achieved – increasing total production to 16.0 Mtpa ROM coal – without adding to the current mining lease area.

Whitehaven is likely to seek approval for an increase in the production rate to about 16Mtpa ROM coal after the mine achieves its current approved rate of production.

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