AGL Mining Licence
AGL Loy Yang holds Mining Licence 5189 in the Loy Yang Coal Field, to the southeast of Traralgon, Victoria.
The open cut operations of the AGL Loy Yang mine are covered by this licence. The Loy Yang A and B power stations are located on an area excluded from the licence.
The AGL Loy Yang Partnership currently owns the mine, which provides coal to the 2200 MW Loy Yang A Power Station (owned by the AGL Loy Yang Partnership) and the 1050 MW Loy Yang B Power Station (owned by Alinta) and other minor customers. The power stations currently fed by the Loy Yang Mine provide approximately 50% of the total coal-fired electricity generated in Victoria.
The mine operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is currently approximately 200m deep, 4.5km long and 2.5km at its widest point.
In 2018 the Victorian Government granted an extension to the Loy Yang mining licence to 2065.
The extension provides certainty for employees and time to properly rehabilitate the site following closure of the Loy Yang A power station no later than 2048.
In applying for the licence AGL made commitments to the Victorian Government that it will:
Continue to invest in the Loy Yang A power station and mine;
Provide five years notice of closure of Loy Yang A
Market Commission will include in its planned rule change to require three years notice of closure;
- Continue to work with the Latrobe Valley community and Loy Yang workforce to build the foundations for new opportunities and diversify the economy in the transition towards a carbon constrained future; and
- Support the transition of the AGL Loy Yang workforce to new opportunities prior to and following closure.
Work Plan Variation
Between August and November 2016 extensive community consultation was conducted on the Work Plan Variation which covers areas including community engagement, environmental impacts, fire risk, rehabilitation, operations and transition to closure.
The Work Plan Variation combines a Risk Assessment Management Plan with the Work Plan. All feedback from consultation was carefully considered and some of that was worked into the revised Work Plan Variation.
The most common theme emerging from this consultation related to rehabilitation and the end use concept of the site.
The Draft Work Plan Variation was submitted to the Department in December. The Work Plan Variation can be viewed here (file in excess of 80MB), and feedback can be passed on via the details at the bottom of this page.