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AGL Loy Yang mining

AGL Loy Yang holds Mining Licence 5189 in the Loy Yang Coal Field, to the southeast of Traralgon, Victoria.

The licence was issued on 6 May 1997 and expires on 6 May 2037. The open cut operations of the AGL Loy Yang mine are covered by this licence, while the Loy Yang A and B power stations are located on an area excluded from the licence.

The AGL Loy Yang coal mine (Loy Yang Mine) is situated in the Latrobe Valley approximately 160km east of Melbourne. Mining operations commenced at the Loy Yang mine by the State Electricity Commission Victoria (SECV) in 1982 with the removal of overburden using bucket wheel excavators. The first coal production began in 1984. 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 Engie) 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 180m deep, 4km long and 2.5km at its widest point.

Loy Yang Mine – Relevant Legislation

 Period Relevant Act
 1982 - 1993 State Electricity Commission Act 1958 (Vic)
 1993 - 1995 Electricity Industry Act 1993 (Vic)
 1995 - present Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (Vic) and its predecessor the Mineral Resources (Development) Act 1990 (Vic)
 2001 - present Electricity Industry (Residual Provisions) Act 1993 (Vic)
 2013 - present Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2013 (Vic) (MRSDMI Regulations)

Work Plan Variation

Between August and November 2016 extensive community consultation (around 4,000 people) 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 in December 2016 and is currently being considered by Department.

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.

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