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Operation By Centennial: 100% ownership


Commercial operations:

Purchased in 2002 in the Powercoal acquisition


Newcastle Coalfields near Toronto, NSW

Mining Method:

Underground (Continuous Miner)


Domestic and Export - thermal coal


Ceased operation in March 2012

Coal extracted in 2011:

0.9 million tonnes per annum

Full production capacity:


Remaining coal reserves:



Private haul road to Newstan and Earing Power Station


Private haul road

Main Content

Awaba ceased operating as a producing mine in early 2012, ending over 60 years of underground coal mining in the Great Northern Seam at the Lake Macquarie site.

The mine has made a significant contribution to the local community over the past 60 years. Awaba was originally state owned, and began operating in 1947 supplying coal to Wangi Wangi Power Station for state-wide electricity generation. In 2002, Centennial Coal purchased the mine and over the past nine years the Company broadened Awaba’s domestic focus to include coal exports.

With coal reserves exhausted in the Great Northern Seam in this area, mining ceased; however, the pit top infrastructure will continue to be used as a service facility for the Newstan site.

For information regarding the ongoing use of Awaba pit top facilities, please go to the Newstan Extension Project page or click here.

Development and Environment Approvals

The following document(s) relate to the mine’s operating and licence conditions.

Development and Environment Approvals

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Environment Management Plans

Approvals obtained to facilitate mining generally require management plans in consideration of various identified environmental impacts. These plans vary from operation to operation to reflect the operating conditions.

Environment Management Plans

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Pollution Incident Response Management Plan

The Pollution Incident Response Management Plan has been developed to satisfy the requirements of the Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011 (POELA Act) which requires the preparation, implementation and publication of a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan.
The objectives of these plans are to provide guidelines and procedures for the effective control and reporting of pollution incidents to all relevant stakeholders.
Whilst personal contact details for the following document are available in the controlled on-site Pollution Incident Response Management Plan, they do not appear in this public document under provision of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

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Subsidence Management Plans

Subsidence Management Plans (SMPs) are prepared by mining lease holders to consider the potential impacts of underground mining and identify measures to manage such impacts. SMPs may contain requirements for the avoidance of damage to particularly significant features, the mitigation of damage, or rehabilitation of subsidence related impacts.

Subsidence Management Plan Report

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Environmental Assessments

Environmental Assessments (EAs) are an assessment of the environmental, social and economic benefits and impacts of a proposed project or modification to an existing project. EAs are regulated by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

Environmental Assessments

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Community Consultation

Community Consultative Committee

A Community Consultative Committee (CCC) provides a forum for open discussion between representatives of the Company, community, council and other stakeholders on issues directly relating to the mine’s operations, environmental performance and community relations, and keeps the community informed on these matters.

As the Awaba pit top is being utilised as a service facility for Newstan, the CCC minutes associated with this site can be located under the Newstan operations page or click here.

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Complaints Register

The Awaba Community Information Hotline is 1800 247 662. A register of community complaints received by the mine can be located under the Newstan operations page or click here.

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Environmental Management Reports

An Environmental Management Report is an annual report that consolidates all government reporting requirements relating to the environmental management and rehabilitation of the mine. It contains details on approvals, leases and licences, environmental control strategies, the previous 12 months’ mining and environmental performance and the expected outcome for the following 12 months.

Environmental Management Report

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Environmental Monitoring Data

The following provides a summary of environmental monitoring data undertaken as required by Environment Protection Licences and Approvals. The purpose of this data is to provide the community with meaningful information on the performance of environmental controls.

Environment Protection Licence Monitoring Data

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Environmental Monitoring Data

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