The Hunter Valley office of the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) has met with Integra coal mine management to discuss the mine’s closure.
The May auditing and compliance activities report stated that the department expects open cut operations will cease extraction at the end of September, while underground extraction already ceased in May.
DPE compliance officers met with Integra management to ensure they understood their obligations related to putting the Integra Coal Complex into care and maintenance.
Current site management requirements of the project approval remain valid while the mine is in care and maintenance.
500 employees will lose their jobs as a result of the complex closure, which includes the Camberwell open cut and Glennies Creek underground operations.
The CFMEU recently questioned the motives of mine owner Vale, suggesting that reasons for the closure were not genuine given that Vale was attempting to make other applications to increase coal production.
It was identified the closure would cost Vale $63 million for cancellation of contracts relating to site, port and rail obligations.