02 July, 2014

Born-again Airly plans an extension

CENTENNIAL Coal’s Airly Mine has applied to the Department of Planning and the Environment (DPE) to modify its current consent.
Airly’s modification is seeking a 12 month extension of time to its current consent which expires in October this year.
This modification will allow Airly to continue operating while the DPE undertakes a comprehensive assessment of Airly’s proposal to renew its current planning consent and also extend mining operations into the eastern section of its existing Mining Authorities.
Placed on public exhibition of June 23 and closing of July 9, public, stakeholder and government agencies comments on Airly’s Modification are currently being sought.
Airly Mine is an underground coal mine located near Capertee village, 40km north-west of Lithgow on the Castlereagh Highway in the NSW western coalfields.
In operation since 2009 Airly was placed on care and maintenance in late 2012 and has since reopened in February 2014.
Airly has an expected productive mine life of 25 years, producing up to 1.8 million tonnes per annum, capable of supplying coal to both domestic and export markets.
Two of Centennial’s other local mines, Angus Place and Springvale, are also currently seeking expansion approval.

source - The Mercury 1 July 2014

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