One of Australia’s most productive underground coal mines

Narrabri has been operating successfully since 2012 and employs around 500 people who 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 70%, J Power 7.5%, 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


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

The Narrabri Underground Extension Project

We are looking to extend the life of the Narrabri underground mine to around 2045, providing continued employment for hundreds of local people.

The Narrabri Underground Mine Extension Project is a proposal to extract coal to the south of the current mine within the existing Exploration Licence area, and via the established surface infrastructure, using the existing coal handling preparation plant, rail loop, box cut and offices. No new coal processing facilities will be constructed to the south of the existing operation.

Under the proposal, Whitehaven will continue extracting coal via the underground longwall mining method already being successfully used at the mine. The extension involves continuing the existing southern longwall blocks into the adjacent Narrabri South Exploration Licence, owned by Whitehaven Coal.

The extension of the longwall blocks will enable the mine to produce continually for 12 months without the need for a longwall change out to occur, which is when the longwall finishes mining an area and is relocated to a new area. This relocation typically takes up to six weeks, halting production. We are also applying for an extension of the existing services infrastructure into the southern area, and the construction of new ventilation shafts and fan sites.

Community engagement 

It is our responsibility and commitment to ensure the project meets all required  approvals, which includes ensuring our project and approach align with local community expectations. We do this through meaningful and transparent dialogue with stakeholders, and listening to any concerns and issues as they arise through interactions with landholders, community information drop-in sessions, online surveys and information mail outs. We will continue to work with a crosssection of groups and individuals, using a variety of tools and approaches, as the project progresses.

Next steps 

The proposal must go through an extensive State and Federal Government approval process. We anticipate lodging an Environmental Impact Statement with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment in the coming year, which the community will be able to review and provide comment on.

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