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Springvale

Operation By Centennial: 50% share (joint venture with SK Kores Australia Pty Ltd)

 

Commercial operations:

1992

Location:

Western Coalfields near Lithgow, NSW

Mining Method:

Underground (Longwall)

Markets:

Domestic and Export - Thermal coal

Status:

Operational

Coal extracted in 2013:

2.7 million tonnes per annum

Full production capacity:

4.5 million tonnes per annum

Remaining coal reserves:

49.5 million tonnes

Transportation:

Dedicated conveyors to domestic customers, rail to Port Kembla

Infrastructure:

Crushing house on site, coal preparation plant (at Western Main), overland conveyors

Main Content

Springvale is located in the western coalfields near Lithgow in New South Wales. Coal is produced using underground longwall mining methods and is transferred by conveyor to the surface facilities area, where it is either transported by dedicated overland conveyor to Mt Piper and Wallerawang power stations or processed for export at Centennial’s Western Main facility. Last year, the majority of coal produced was transported by train to Port Kembla for export to overseas customers.

This year, Springvale has reached a major milestone and celebrated 20 years of operation. The mine has a strong history of supporting the local community through sponsorship of local community organisations, schools, and events as well providing local job opportunities.

Development, Mining and Environment Approvals

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


Authorisations under the Mining Act

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Consents and Approvals under the EP and A Act

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Environment Protection Licence

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Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC)

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Exploration

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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

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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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Springvale Coal Services Environment Management Plans

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Springvale Environment Management Plans

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Subsidence Management

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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 Licence

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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.


Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Approval

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act is administered by the Federal Government's Department of Environment which is incorporated into the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Populations and Communities.

The EPBC Act requires any person who proposes to undertake an action that will have, or is likely to have, a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance to refer that action to the Minister for a decision as to whether assessment and approval is required under the EPBC Act. This decision is referred to as a ‘controlled action’. Where it is deemed a controlled action, the Minister may approve the action and issue conditions of approval.

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Environmental Assessments

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Springvale Dewatering Facility Modification Environmental Assessment

Springvale is seeking a modification to Development Consent S91/06569/001, under Section 75W of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, to allow for the construction and operation of an additional surface mine dewatering facility (Bore 8) and ancillary infrastructure.

Bore 8 is required to facilitate the progress of further coal extraction to the east of existing workings at
Springvale so that water levels in the mine can be kept at safe and manageable levels and thereby reducing operational risk associated with water management. The bore will form a critical part of Springvale’s existing dewatering system as longwall mining progresses through approved longwalls (LWs) LW416 to LW419. Water pumped out of the underground workings at Bore 8 will be transferred predominantly via trenched pipelines to Wallerawang Power Station, as part of the existing Springvale Delta Water Transfer Scheme.

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Community Consultation


Blasting Notifications

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Community Consultation

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Community Consultative Committee

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Community Consultative Committee Minutes

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.

Although not required under its current consent, Springvale requested endorsement from the Department of Planning and Infrastructure for the establishment of a community consultative committee.

Springvale now has a joint CCC with Angus Place. For information on the Community Consultative Committee please go to the Angus Place operations page or click here.

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Community Complaints Register

The Springvale Community Information Hotline is (02) 6350 1640. A register of community complaints received by the mine can be viewed in the document below. There are currently no documents

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Stakeholder Engagement Plan

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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.

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Independent Environment Audits

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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Springvale Coal Services Environment Protection Licence Monitoring Data

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Springvale Environment Protection Licence Monitoring Data

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Transport Records

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