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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 Coal Pty Ltd (ACN 140 533 875) (“Maules Creek Coal”) was convicted and fined in the New South Wales Land and Environment Court (“the Court”) on 24 November 2021, for a breach of s 60A(2) of the Water Management Act 2000 (“the WM Act”) relating to the taking of water from the Maules Creek Water Source without an access licence for that water source between about 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2019.

Following an investigation by the Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR), Maules Creek Coal was prosecuted in the Court, where Maules Creek Coal pleaded guilty. Maules Creek Coal was fined a total of $200,000 and ordered to pay legal costs.

All property owners, companies and water users should be aware of the serious consequences for committing offences against the WM Act. NRAR undertakes ongoing auditing and investigations to ensure that activities involving the taking of water are authorised by means of licences so as to ensure the equitable sharing of water from water sources in line with the objects of the WM Act and the welfare of the environment.

Approvals

Community



Maules Creek CCC MEMBER DETAILS AND CONTACTS

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 David.Ross@phoenixstrategic.com.au 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: Saturday 4th December 2021

3:30PM

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

Blast numbers:

2021-93

 

Information updated:

3/12/2021 8:07AM

Notes:

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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Contacts

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)

 

All contacts

Maules Creek Timeline

FY13

Project approved by Federal and NSW Governments

FY14

Construction began

FY15

First coal railed

less than one year after construction began

FY16

Maules Creek named NSW Mine of the Year

Produced 7.4 Mt saleable coal in first year of commercial production

FY17

Increased production to annualised rate of 10.5 Mtpa

FY21

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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