Greater Ravensworth Area Tailings Pipeline

​Liddell Coal Operations – Modification (6) to Development Consent DA 305-11-01

On 13 November 2015, Glencore lodged three separate modification applications with the Department under section 75W of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). Glencore proposed to modify three existing consents to permit construction and operation of a tailings pipeline from the Coal Handling and Preparation Plants (CHPPs) at Ravensworth Operations and Liddell Colliery to the West Pit Void at Ravensworth East Mine.

Specifically these modification applications included:

  • construction of an approximately 11 kilometre (km) tailings pipeline network connecting both the Ravensworth and Liddell CHPPs to the West Pit Void at Ravensworth East Mine;
  • construction of a flocculant plant near the West Pit Void at Ravensworth East Mine, to allow flocculants to be fixed with tailings immediately prior to deposition in the emplacement area;
  • staged emplacement of tailings generated from Ravensworth Operations and Liddell Operations within the West Pit Void at Ravensworth East Mine; and
  • interim utilisation of the Narama Void as a central water storage facility for the GRA prior to it being backfilled as per the existing approved Ravensworth Operations final landform.

Copies of the full EIS, submissions received, Response to Submissions Report and the status of the application can be viewed and downloaded here:  

 The modification was approved by the Department of Planning and Environment on the 16th February 2016.