Clarence landscape


Operation By Centennial: 85% share (joint venture with SK Energy Australia Pty Ltd)


Commercial operations:

Acquired by Centennial in 1998


Western Coalfields near Lithgow, NSW

Mining Method:

Underground (Continuous Miner)


Domestic and Export - thermal coal



Coal extracted in 2011:

2 million tonnes per annum

Full production capacity:

2.5 million tonnes per annum

Remaining coal reserves:

46.7 million tonnes - equivalent to 20 years


Rail to Port Kembla, road to domestic customers


Coal Preparation Plant, Water Treatment Plant

Main Content

Clarence operates an underground coal mine; a coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) and water treatment plant in the Western Coalfields of NSW near Lithgow.

2011 was a record year, with production exceeding 2 million tonnes of ROM coal for the first time using the partial extraction method of mining.

Clarence is at the forefront of Australian mining innovation, utilising Australia’s first JOY 4th Generation Flexible Conveyor Train (FCT) high capacity continuous coal haulage mining system. The FCT is a 110 metre tracked conveyor system that bends around corners while conveying coal to an underground, stationary coal receival hopper before being transported to the surface. An operator steers the FCT up or down the panel roadways with a radio remote control. As the FCT does away with conventional shuttlecars, it enables a significant increase in cutting time as the continuous miner unit no longer has to wait for returning shuttlecars.

Environmental Management is at the core of Clarence’s Operations. The mine’s Environmental Management System (EMS) ensures performance against all approvals and licence conditions and facilitates continual improvement.

Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meetings at Clarence are held quarterly to provide a forum for open discussions between representatives of Clarence, the community and other stakeholder’s on issues directly relating to the mine’s operation and environmental performance. In 2011 Clarence participated in a number of community activities including the Save Our Swamps Program and in 2012 has seen contributions to the Clarence-Dargan Rural Fire Service.


Blasting Notifications

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Community Consultation

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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.

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Community Complaints Register

The Clarence Community Information Hotline is (02) 6353 8039. A register of community complaints received by the mine can be viewed in the document below.

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Stakeholder Engagement Plan

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Development, Mining and Environment Approvals

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.

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Environmental Management

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.

Environmental Management Plans, Strategies and Programs

Environmental Management Plans are required under Clarence’s various approval and licence conditions and form part of Clarence’s Environmental Management System (EMS). Management plans are developed and approved in consultation with the relevant government stakeholders.

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Mining Operations Plan / Rehabilitation Management Plan

Mining operations in NSW are required, as a condition of an authorisation issued under the Mining Act, to conduct mining operations in accordance with a Mining Operations Plan (MOP) that has been approved by NSW Trade and Investment - Division of Resources and Energy.
The MOP describes the manner in which mining, processing, rehabilitation and reporting are to be undertaken with reference to Management Plans and Procedures. The MOP also establishes relationships to other approval and reporting requirements consistent with development consent, leases and licences.

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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

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.

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Environmental Reporting & Compliance

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.

Annual Reports

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Environmental Monitoring Reports

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Independent Environmental Audits

Independent Environmental Audits are undertaken regularly as a component of each mining approval. The audit is undertaken by a suitably qualified independent expert. The purpose of the audit is to independently assess the environmental performance of the mine and whether it is complying with the relevant requirements of its project approval, any relevant mining lease and environmental protection licence.

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Transport Records

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