THE GUARDIAN | New South Wales authorities have approved a Whitehaven Coal plan to develop an expanded new coalmine in the state’s north-west.
The decision allows 168m tonnes to be extracted from the proposed Vickery coalmine, near Boggabri, over 30 years. Between 60% and 70% of it is expected to be metallurgical coal used in steel-making and the remainder thermal coal for electricity generation.
The mine was originally approved in 2014 for the extraction of 135 million tonnes of coal over 30 years, but Whitehaven submitted a new application to expand the project. The extension approved by the state’s independent planning commission allows for 10 million tonnes of coal to be extracted annually, an increase of 250% on the original proposal.
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