AGL Loy Yang to implement Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry II recommendations
AGL Loy Yang says it will work closely with the Victorian Government, regulators and the community to implement recommendations from the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry (HMFI).
AGL Loy Yang General Manager, Steve Rieniets, said AGL was an active contributor to the Inquiry and supports the HMFI Board's recommendations.
“AGL believes it is critical that the Latrobe Valley community has confidence in the operational systems, plans and processes of mine operators,” said Mr Rieniets.
He confirmed the company’s committment to the progressive, long-term rehabilitation of the Loy Yang mine and said that AGL Loy Yang would continue to engage constructively with the Government and the community.
“In excess of 530 hectares has already been rehabilitated and last year we commenced a project to relocate part of our overburden system into the mine which will accelerate mine rehabilitation activities in the coming years.
“Electricity generation from the Loy Yang site will continue to provide reliable baseload energy for Victorians until planned closure in 2048.
“AGL Loy Yang has a strong track record of engagement with the Latrobe Valley community, and is committed to community consultation about the progressive and final rehabilitation plans for Loy Yang mine,” said Mr Rieniets.
AGL Loy Yang plans to engage with the Latrobe Valley community in relation to its progressive rehabilitation and mine closure plans at a community forum in Traralgon in May.
AGL is one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies. It is taking action to responsibly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while providing secure and affordable energy to its customers. Drawing on over 175 years of experience, AGL serves its customers throughout eastern Australia with meeting their energy requirements, including gas, electricity, solar PV and related products and services. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, solar, landfill gas and biomass.