Amended development applications for the linked Rocky Hill Coal Project and Stratford Extension Project in New South Wales (NSW) have gone on public display for community consultation.
The Rocky Hill project involves the development of an opencast coal mine with a production capacity of up to 2 million tpy of coal for up to 21 years. Key changes to the 2013 application include a reduction in the number of pits from four to three and a commitment to no overnight work.
The proposal also includes the construction of a private haul road to the nearby Stratford coal mine, where coal from Rocky Hill would be stockpiled and processed through the existing Stratford coal handling and preparation plant. Rocky Hill coal would also be dispatched from Stratford’s existing rail loop and coal loadout.
As a result, the Rocky Hill project would not require a separate coal handling and preparation plant, a rail loop and train loadout or a coal conveyor.
The Rocky Hill project is being developed by Brisbane-based Gloucester Resources. Stratford coal mine is owned by Yancoal.
Edited by Jonathan Rowland.