Australian company South32 scraps plans to expand Dendrobium coal mine in NSW

Australian mining company South32 has announced it will not proceed with a plan to extend the life of its Dendrobium coal mine below Sydney’s drinking water intake.

The company had planned to extract an additional 78m tonnes of metallurgical coal from the underground operation, west of Wollongong, by 2048.

On Tuesday morning, South32 notified the Australian Stock Exchange that it would no longer proceed with the project and will instead seek to extend the life of the mine within approved domains.

His original extension application was rejected by the Independent Planning Commission in 2021 and his revised plan was later given State Significant Infrastructure status by the NSW government.

It was under consideration for approval by the state planning minister.

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