At Malabar Coal (Malabar), we know that we must co-exist with the local community and other local industries and activities.
It was with this understanding and community feedback in mind that we committed to developing the Maxwell Project as an underground mine.
We are planning on producing coals predominantly for the steel manufacturing industry. The coal seams within the project area are very high quality. Any coal not sold to the steel manufacturing industry will be premium quality thermal coal, suitable for use in High Efficiency, Low Emission (HELE) power plants.
Underground mining means significantly lower impacts than an open-cut mine.
We have carefully placed the mine entry for the Maxwell Project in a valley 5km north of the Golden Highway. This means it cannot be seen from the Highway or the local horse studs.
We believe this very different approach addresses concerns that were raised in relation to past proposals for the area.
Malabar formally took control of the Drayton Mine and EL 5460, now known as the Maxwell Project, on 26 February 2018.
We started rehabilitation work at the Drayton site as quickly as possible, with the first bulldozer commencing work on the mine site in early March. The number of staff working on the project is steadily increasing, with around 30 people currently on site.
Site rehabilitation will be undertaken in two stages.
The first stage is to shape the land and establish pasture and / or trees on the overburden emplacement areas. This initial work is expected to take around two years, with additional rehabilitation work occurring over time.
Once this work is complete, we are open to different uses for the site. To that end, we have had preliminary conversations with the local community about different ways the land could be used.
The currently approved final landforms leave voids. Malabar has publicly stated its plan to improve these final landforms to result in a more visually appealing outcome. This will be the second stage of our rehabilitation work.
At the same time, we are continuing the detailed technical work required to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and development application for the Maxwell underground Project.
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