The Narrabri mine has been operating successfully since 2012

The mine is Whitehaven's only underground operation and employs around 500 people, the majority of whom live locally.​​

The Narrabri underground mine is approved to produce 11 million tonnes per annum of high quality thermal coal until 2031. The Narrabri longwall is fully automated and is one of the most advanced in Australia.

Operation Narrabri Underground Coal mine
Ownership Whitehaven 77.5%, 3 others each with 7.5%
Commenced operations 2012
Location 17km south east of Narrabri, 70km north west of Gunnedah
Type of operation Underground coal mine
Operating hours 24/7
Production approval 11.0 Mt run of mine coal per annum
Stage of operation In operation
Workforce 500
Narrabri Mine
Rehabilitation has been undertaken progressively since operations began in 2010. The historic land use within the mining lease area (ML1609) was predominately agriculture (grazing and cropping) and forestry – and the aim of rehabilitation and mine closure is to return the land to the agricultural land class or vegetation type that existed prior to mining.

Rehabilitation practices include (but are not limited to) sealing boreholes utilised for gas drainage and exploration purposes, and repair of surface subsidence impacts. Woodland areas that have been disturbed are rehabilitated with native vegetation species prevalent in the surrounding area.

While Whitehaven will hold onto the land for decades to come, with mining approved until 2044, areas of rehabilitation on former agricultural and pastured land will be used for light grazing in the coming years.

Rehabilitation map

North west exploration licences

The Narrabri Mine has had two exploration licences (ELs), EL9455 and EL9466, approved under the NSW Government’s Operational Allocation framework.

For more detail download the fact sheet here.


Environmental Management, Monitoring & Compliance


Narrabri Mine

Contact us for more information, to provide feedback or to lodge a complaint.

 General enquiries – 02 6794 4755

 Feedback and complaints – 1800 WHAVEN (1800 942 836)


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Narrabri Mine Timeline


Narrabri Project approved

Narrabri JV formed with sale of 7.5% stakes to Yudean Group, EDF Trading and J-Power


Sale of 7.5% stake in Narrabri

to Korean consortium


Longwall installed

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