The Bylong Coal Project

Project Description

KEPCO Bylong Australia (KEPCO) proposes to develop the Bylong Coal Project (the Project), located approximately 55 km north-east of Mudgee and 53 km from Denman in New South Wales, Australia. The mine is likely to employ up to 665 people during initial construction. During operations, the Project will provide direct employment for up to 470 workers with an average annual direct workforce of approximately 290.

The Bylong Coal Project proposes to mine up to 6.5 million tonnes of run of mine coal per annum for supply to the thermal coal export market. The mine will include two open-cut mining areas and an underground mining area.

Coal will be transported from the Project site to the Port of Newcastle via rail, which will require the construction of a rail loop connecting to the existing Sandy Hollow-Gulgong Line.

The project life is approximately 25 years, comprising a two year construction period and a 23 year operational period. Subject to government approvals, construction is proposed to commence in 2019. Underground mining operations are expected to commence in year 7.

Various rehabilitation and decommissioning activities will be undertaken during both the course of, and following the 25 years of the Project.

Project Progress

In December 2010, KEPCO acquired Authorisation (A)287 and A342 in the Mid-Western Regional Council local government area in New South Wales. Since 2010, KEPCO has carried out exploration and environmental monitoring activities in these areas.

The Project is now in the approvals stage, where KEPCO is seeking development consent from the New South Wales government in order to obtain a Mining Lease for its proposed activities. A State Significant Development Application (DA) for the Project has now been lodged with the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E). An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been prepared to support the DA. For further information on the EIS, please refer to the Environmental Approvals page.

About the Bylong Coal Project
Bylong Coal Project is 100%
owned by KEPCO
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Project managed by WorleyParsons
Updates & Upcoming Activities
Exploration Activities

KEPCO Bylong Australia (KEPCO) is continuing exploration activities to support planning for the Bylong Coal Project.  Exploration will inform the development of the proposed Project and is consistent with the requirements of the Authorisations.

KEPCO received approval from the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Planning and Environment, Division of Resources and Geoscience on 22 December 2017 to drill up to 56 exploration boreholes.  The exploration will entirely be confined to KEPCO owned land and is anticipated to commence in March 2018 and extend for a period of several months.

Lodgement of Review of Environmental Factors

KEPCO intends to lodge a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) with the NSW Division of Resources and Geoscience in late February 2018 to seek approval for additional Project exploration activities involving drilling up to 61 boreholes.  The purpose of the exploration is to further refine the resource in the proposed underground area and exploration will be confined to the KEPCO owned property known as “Bylong Station”.  Exploration will involve the use of a drill rig and associated ancillary equipment.

KEPCO Bylong Australia responds to PAC Review Report

KEPCO Bylong Australia has submitted a comprehensive submission to the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) responding to the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) Review report in relation to the Bylong Coal Project dated 25 July 2017.

Read more here.

Community Investment Fund recipients announced

KEPCO Bylong Australia recently announced the successful recipients of Round 3 of the 2017 Bylong Project Community Investment Fund allocations.

A full list of Round 3 recipients is available here.

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