May 17, 2020

Yancoal Gets Green Light for Moolarben Coal Mine

New South Wales
Moolarben coal mine
2 min
Yancoal Gets Green Light for Moolarben Coal Mine
Australian mining company Yancoal has received the green light for the expansion of its Moolarben coal mine in Upper Hunter Valley in New South Wales.Th...

Australian mining company Yancoal has received the green light for the expansion of its Moolarben coal mine in Upper Hunter Valley in New South Wales.

The company announced it had received approval from the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) to move forward with the Stage 1 Modification 9 at the NSW mine, approving expansion of an additional 30 million tons of Run of Mine (ROM) coal over the life of the mine.

The approval for Yancoal includes two underground mines, a third open cut mine, an extension to current open pit mines and supporting infrastructure.

According to the mine’s manager John Blanning, the expansion will increase job numbers to around 300 to 400, including economic benefits to the community. “At peak production the project will contribute $47 million per annum in royalties to the NSW government and provide over $700 million in wider economic benefits to the local region.”

Conditions of the approval for the Moolarben Mine include $1.5 million in community enhancement works, upgrades to Ulan Road and ample water monitoring to ensure zero discharge from the site.

The Stage 2 project, which will also need approval, has the potential to double Moolarben production and put Yancoal’s  group production by more than 25 percent over a five-year horizon.

Yancoal owns 80 percent of the Moolarben Mine and current production is operating at a capacity of 8.0 million tons of coal per annum ROM production.  

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May 18, 2021

Anglo American: FutureSmart Mining

Anglo American
FutureSmart Mining
3 min
Anglo American is reimaging mining to improve people’s lives by leveraging technology, digitalisation and sustainability for FutureSmart Mining

Anglo American’s approach to technology, digitalisation and sustainability is changing the nature of the way the company mines. These are the step-change innovations that will transform the nature of mining – how the company sources, mines, processes, moves and markets its products – and how its stakeholders experience that business. Anglo American is transforming its physical and societal footprint with FutureSmart Mining.

FutureSmart Mining

“FutureSmart Mining is our innovation-led approach to sustainable mining,” Anglo American’s Tom McCulley told Mining Gllobal. In his role as CEO for Anglo American Peru & Group Head of Projects he has overseen investment of more than $5bn at the company’s Quellaveco copper project in Peru.

“These are the step-change innovations that will transform the nature of mining – how we source, mine, process, move and market our products – and how our stakeholders experience our business. It’s about transforming our physical and societal footprint.”


Anglo is undertaking a feasibility study to assess the possibility of rolling out one of its FutureSmart technologies, Coarse Particle Recovery (CPR), at Quellaveco. “CPR crushes particles to 2.5 times larger than normal, reducing energy consumption and mill time, leading to a 20% increase in throughput and 85% water recovery - a key issue in Peru given the concerns around water scarcity,” says McCulley.

“By allowing water to release from the much coarser particles, CPR will reduce the risks associated with wet tailings and ultimately help eliminate them altogether. When combined with low cost additives, it is possible to dewater residual waste and produce dry stackable tailings. This technology remains a focus area for us as water sent to tailings facilities often represents the largest water loss at a mine.”


Quellaveco is going to be the first mine to run the FutureSmart operating model from day one. Anglo’s idea is to build a stable base on which it can layer new technologies, CPR being one of them. 

“We will also be a fully digital mine, which brings us future benefits in terms of understanding and applying changes in real time,” adds McCulley. “Our trucks and our drills will be automation-ready. We have taken the approach that, when we decide to move into an autonomous operation, no jobs will be lost, but the nature of some people’s jobs will have to change.”


FutureSmart is a blend of technology and sustainability,” said McCulley in an interview with Global Business Reports. “If you go back to the vision and design of Quellaveco, it has really been focused on the long-term sustainability of the mine through effective use of things like water, energy and the environment. Quellaveco has been focused on technology such as automation, with digital and analytical tools all coming together. We will be looking at future technologies to bolt on as we go to ensure that we are optimizing the sustainable use of resources and remaining cost-effective.”


Anglo American’s Quellaveco copper project in Peru has created 15,000 jobs during construction and approximately 2,500 jobs are planned for operations, increasing Peru’s copper production by a forecast 300,000 tonnes per year. The mine’s first copper production is expected in 2022. To learn more about Anglo American's Quellaveco copper project read our feature here.

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