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Angus Place West
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<p>Angus Place Colliery (Angus Place) is an underground thermal coal mining operation in the Western Coalfield of New South Wales (NSW). Angus Place is approximately 15 kilometres (km) west of Lithgow in the Lithgow local government area (LGA). Angus Place is owned by Centennial Springvale Pty Ltd and Boulder Mining Pty Ltd as part of a joint venture and is operated by Centennial Angus Place Pty Ltd (Centennial Angus Place), a wholly owned subsidiary of Centennial Coal Company Limited (Centennial).</p><p>Angus Place comprises a pit top, underground mining area, ventilation infrastructure and water management infrastructure. It is regulated under project approval MP 06_0021 which was granted in September 2006 by the then Minister for Planning under the now repealed Part 3A of the NSW <i>Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 </i>(EP&A Act). The approval has been modified six times and declared to be State Significant Development (SSD) under Clause 6 of Schedule 2 of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment (Savings, Transitional and Other Provisions) Regulation 2017.</p><p>MP 06_0021 allows underground mining at a rate of 4 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa), coal handling at the pit-top and transportation off-site via private haul roads until 18 August 2024. Angus Place has been in care and maintenance since March 2015 and has not produced coal since this time. Angus Place continues to meet safety and environmental regulations and the site is appropriately maintained to enable operations to recommence.</p><p>Centennial Angus Place has completed extensive investigations into a long-term plan for Angus Place beyond the approved mine life under MP 06_0021 to meet the future coal supply demands of Mount Piper Power Station (MPPS) while balancing social, environmental and economic outcomes. Based on the outcomes of these investigations, Centennial Angus Place will be seeking approval for the Angus Place West Project (the project).</p><p>The project will comprise the continued operation of the pit top and first workings bord and pillar mining in two new mining areas adjacent to existing approved mining areas, to an extraction rate of up to 2 Mtpa. The first workings mine design involves the formation of roadways and pillars that are designed to be geotechnically long-term stable. This mining method is anticipated to result in approximately 20 millimetres (mm) of vertical subsidence at the ground surface level. To enable the project to be developed, a new SSD consent is required under Part 4, Division 4.1 of the EP&A Act.</p><p>The project will enable the efficient use of existing infrastructure to economically recover an additional 8.5 million tonnes (Mt) of run-of-mine (ROM) coal reserves within existing mining tenements. The project will provide ongoing employment for approximately 300 full time equivalent workers, as well as continuing the ongoing significant contribution to the local, regional and State economies through royalties and taxes.</p><p>The proposed action which forms the subject of this referral will be limited to the proposed underground mining activity only. The proposed action does not include the continued operation of the pit top and existing ancillary mining infrastructure or the transfer of water to other facilities. The proposed action area is shown in Figure 1. There will not be separate referrals submitted for other stages or related project elements.</p><p>The proposed action is within the south-western part of the Western Coalfield of the Sydney Basin and includes Centennial Angus Place’s existing Mining Lease (ML) 1424, and Consolidated Coal Lease (CCL) 704. Centennial Angus Place will enter a sub-lease agreement with Shoalhaven Coal for the portion of CCL 702 that lies within the proposed action area.</p><p>The proposed action will target the Lithgow Seam within two new mining areas (APW1 and APW2 shown on Attachment A, Figure 1).</p>
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