IPC approves underground coal mine

The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission (IPC) in December of last year approved the development of the Maxwell underground coal mine, in the Hunter Valley.

The project, being developed by Malabar Resources, is expected to produce some 148-million tonnes of run-of-mine coal over a mine life of 26 years, and would create some 250 construction jobs and a further 350 operating jobs in the region, and would generate some A$55-million annually in wages.