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Operation By Centennial: 95% share (joint venture with SK Energy Australia Pty Ltd)


Commercial operations:

Acquired by Centennial in 1994 from Boral


Western Coalfields near Kandos, NSW

Mining Method:

Underground (Continuous Miner) and Open Cut


Domestic and Export - thermal coal



Coal extracted in 2011:

1.2 million tonnes per annum

Full production capacity:

1.3 million tonnes per annum

Remaining coal reserves:

Approximately 5.8 million tonnes - equivalent to 4 years


Rail to Port Kembla


Coal preparation plant, rail loop, rail loading facilities

Main Content

Predominantly an export coal producer, Charbon is located in the Western Coalfields near Kandos and Rylstone.

Safety is a high priority for the mine and in 2011 Charbon achieved a significant milestone - being more than two years lost time injury free. This has been achieved through the introduction of a number of proactive Company and mine-site initiatives to further improve safety.

Other significant achievements at Charbon include:

  • Completed development and extraction operations in the Southern underground section of the mine;
  • Obtaining mining approvals to allow secondary extraction for the Eastern Underground areas;
  • Re-established production in an ‘old’ area of the mine, now known as ‘Eastern Underground’, with an identified resource of approximately 2.5 million tonnes;
  • Commenced mining in the Western Underground (Haystack) area;
  • Successfully introduced and implemented ‘place changing’ for the development of underground roadways;
  • Successfully introduced the use of a mono-rail system for cable handling in ‘place changing’ panels.

Charbon is unique in that it is the only Centennial mine that utilises a mono-rail in conjunction with the place changing method of development, which provides both safety and operational benefits. The innovation has been recognised by NSW Minerals Council and has been nominated as a finalist in the 2012 annual OHS Conference awards.

Development and Environment Approvals

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

Development and Environment Approvals

A new Planning Approval for the Continued Operations of Charbon was issued by the Planning Assessment Commission of New South Wales on September 7 2010.

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Environment Management Plans

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.

Environment Management Plans

In August 2011 the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) issued Charbon with a Dust Pollution Reduction Program in the form of an Environmental Protection licence variation. The variation stated, in part:

  • The Licensee must conduct a site specific Best Management Practice (BMP) determination to identify the most practicable means to reduce particle emissions.
  • The Licensee must prepare a report which sets out how the mine achieves best practice dust management. In preparing the report, the Licensee must utilise the document entitled Coal Mine Particulate Matter Control Best Practice – Site Specific Determination Guideline – August 2011. The report has been submitted to the EPA.

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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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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.

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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.

Environmental Assessments

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Specialist Consultant Studies

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Community Consultation

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.

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Complaints Register

The Charbon Community Information Hotline is (02) 6357 9206. A register of community complaints received by the mine can be viewed in the document below.

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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.

Environmental Management Report

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Independent Environment Audit

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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Environmental Monitoring Data

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.

Environment Protection Licence Monitoring Data

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Environmental Monitoring Data

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