Shortly after acquiring the Mangoola Open Cut Mine in 2009, Xstrata Coal (now Glencore) sought to establish a thermal coal operation at a greenfield site approximately 20 km west of Muswellbrook and 10 km from Denman in the Hunter Valley in NSW. The project included a new coal handing and preparation plant, a rail spur and loop, buildings, services and all the infrastructure necessary to start operations.
With the mine mandated to operate in an environmentally sensitive area, Xstrata Coal made significant investments in technology to meet (or exceed) environmental compliance requirements in areas such as water, noise, air and dust management.
The scope was to establish a maximum 10.5 million tonnes per annum open-cut mine with a 21-year operating life. The mine was to use a truck and shovel operation.
Delivering Performance and Value
Mangoola was delivered in eight separate work zones, which were managed under several alliance agreements. We provided project management services to five of these alliances.
Mining activities began in September 2010 and Mangoola produced its first coal in February 2011. The mine operates 24 hours, seven days a week and produces coal for domestic and export markets. The coal travels to the nearby power station or to the Port of Newcastle via the existing Hunter Valley rail network.