The NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure is in the last stages of its assessment of Anglo American’s Drayton South coal project.
It comes as the miner says it is forced to cut rosters and contractors to extend the life of its nearby operating Drayton coal mine.
The Drayton South expansion is billed as a replacement for the Drayton mine, which is slated to run out of coal in 2017.
In February Anglo stated that it would have to cut jobsat its operating mine over the uncertainty, downshifting from a seven day to a five day roster, which would result in job cuts and equipment being removed from site.
The Department has now released a statement saying it is assessing the latest reduced Drayton South plans on its merits, and submissions, the ABC reports.
The Department will send its decision to the Planning Assessment Commission to determine the future of the project.