Malabar Coal announced the acquisition of various Drayton assets in the Upper Hunter of New South Wales in May 2017.
The purchase included the infrastructure (“Maxwell Infrastructure” a coal preparation plant, train load-out facility, and administrative buildings) previously used to service the Drayton Open Cut Mine. For more information about the Maxwell Infrastructure Project click here.
Malabar is rehabilitating the closed Drayton Open Cut Mine.
The Maxwell Infrastructure will be used to service the future underground mines at the Maxwell and Spur Hill Projects.
By using the existing infrastructure, Malabar will reduce the impact of its operations on the local community, neighbours and the environment.
Update on Rehabilitation
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 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.
We will continue to update the community and other stakeholders on the progress of the rehabilitation as work is completed and milestones are met.