Welcome to United Collieries
United Collieries Pty. Limited (United) was formed in 1980 and operated as an underground coal mine approximately 16 kilometres west of Singleton in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales. United's ownership comprises 95% Glencore Coal Pty. Ltd. and 5% Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU). In June 2009,United announced that due to an assessment of geotechnical constraints, plans to mine Longwall Panel 11 were to be abandoned, and hence United would cease production following the completion of Longwall Panel 10.In March 2010, once the extraction of equipment from the underground was complete and the necessary sections of the underground sealed, United Collieries entered into a period of Suspension of Operations.
In November 2014, Glencore and Peabody agreed to form a 50:50 Joint Venture to develop an opencut coal mine Project that will combine the existing open cut operations at Wambo Coal with a new opencut at United Collieries. It is proposed that Glencore will manage the combined opencut mining operations utilising Wambo Mine's existing infrastructure. Peabody will continue to operate the Wambo Underground, the Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP) and rail facilities.
The United Wambo Open Cut Coal Mine Project - SSD 15_7142 (the Project) Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) was submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) on 30 June 2015. The United Wambo Open Cut Coal Mine Project Development Application and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) on 11 August 2016.
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Project was placed on public exhibition from 11 August 2016 to 22 September 2016. During the public exhibition period 103 submissions were made on the Project, including 78 from the community.
The Project are currently preparing a Response to Submissions, which will be provided to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) for further assessment. Once DPE have completed their assessment, the Project will then be sent to the Planning and Assessment Commision (PAC) for assessment and determination.
Further information can be found on the United Wambo Open Cut Coal Mine Project page on the DPE Major Projects website (http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=7142).
Electronic copies of the EIS can be download from the link in the text box below.