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Hunter Valley Operations

Hunter Valley Operations (HVO), located 24 kilometres north-west of Singleton in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales (NSW), supplied international markets with more than 13 million tonnes of thermal and semi-soft coking coal in 2015.

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Mining and production

Hunter Valley Operations (HVO) is a multi-pit open cut mine, using a dragline truck and shovel method. The operation's 954 employees (as at 31 December 2015) work in shifts to keep the mine operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Operations are centred in the Wittingham Coal Measures of the Hunter Coalfield, which is part of a Permian coal basin known as the Sydney basin.

In 2015 the mine produced more than 13 million tonnes1 of thermal coal and semi-soft coking coal. After being washed and prepared for sale, the coal is loaded onto trains for transportation 90 kilometres to the Port Waratah Coal Terminal in Newcastle where it is shipped to international customers.

HVO had JORC run-of-mine coal reserves totalling 890 million tonnes as at 31 December 2015.

1 Total production (Rio Tinto's share: 10.4 million tonnes).

Community information line:       1800 727 745 (freecall)

Complaints hotline:                       1800 656 892 (freecall)

HVO blasting schedule hotline:   1800 888 733 (freecall)

HVO blasting online schedule:     Online schedule

HISTORY

Production commenced at HVO in 1949 at the current West Pit, which was then part of the Howick mine. The Hunter Valley No. 1 mine began production in 1979. In 2000 Coal & Allied merged the Howick and Hunter Valley mines to create HVO. The Lemington mine, which began production in 1971, was acquired and merged into HVO in 2001.

In March 2009 Coal & Allied received approval from the NSW Government to replace the multiple approvals under which HVO South operated with a single Project Approval valid for 21 years to 2030. The approval included extraction of a further 84 million tonnes of coal and upgrades to a range of infrastructure at the mine.

Yancoal Australia acquired HVO on 1 September 2017.

Glencore Joint venture

As announced 27 July 2017, Yancoal Australia has entered into a binding agreement to establish a 51:49 unincorporated joint venture with Glencore Coal Pty Ltd (“Glencore”) in relation to Hunter Valley Operations (“HVO JV").

The HVO JV will be jointly controlled through a Joint Venture Management Committee.

Yancoal will continue to operate HVO directly until such time as Glencore receives all regulatory approvals and the JVMC is appointed.

CURRENT MODIFICATION PROPOSALS

HVO North Modification 6 (Carrington In-pit Fine Rejects Emplacement) a modification to its HVO North consent to partially fill the existing void within Carrington Pit with fine rejects, rather than overburden/waste rock.  
HVO South Modification 5 a modification to its HVO South consent to mine deeper seams of coal and increase the height of the Cheshunt overburden emplacement. The proposed modification is within the mine’s existing footprint and will utilise the same mining methods.