Ensham Life of Mine Extension Project

Project summary

Ensham Mine is an existing open-cut and underground bord and pillar coal mine located approximately 35 kilometres (km) east of Emerald in Queensland. The existing underground bord and pillar operations are located on mining lease (ML) 7459 and ML 70365 which extracts a portion of the various combined Aries/Castor seam plies.

The proposed project footprint is approximately 2,737 hectares (ha) and includes three zones (see Figure):

  • Zone 1: MDL 217 and requires a ML application to be lodged (approximately 2,134 ha)
  • Zone 2: partially includes existing leases ML 70326, ML 70365 and ML 7459 (approximately 394 ha)
  • Zone 3: partially includes existing leases ML 7459 and ML 70366 (approximately 209 ha).

With inclusion of the proposed project, Ensham Mine will:

  • continue to produce at current production rates and would not seek to change the current Environmental Authority (EA) limit (condition A5) which authorises the mining of 12 million tonnes of Run of Mine (ROM) coal per annum.
  • enable the extension of the Ensham Life of Mine (LOM) by up to nine years with sufficient coal reserves to approximately 2037.
  • extend the Ensham mine underground operation to the west (encompassing a new mining lease area by developing a portion of MDL 217).  No additional surface infrastructure or surface disturbance is proposed as part of the new mine lease area (ie. Zone 1).
  • continue to utilise approved operational mine infrastructure.
  • enable Ensham to provide the continuation of long-term employment within the Central Highlands region.

The Project will be assessed under the environmental impact statement (EIS) process in chapter 3 of the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

Link to DES website: https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/eis-process/projects/current-projects

Environmental Impact Statement Documents



Executive summary

Executive summary


Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Consultation process

Chapter 3 – Approvals

Chapter 4 – Project description and alternatives

Chapter 5 – The EIA Process

Chapter 6 – Climate

Chapter 7 – Land use and tenure

Chapter 8 – Land resources

Chapter 9 – Rehabilitation and closure

Chapter 10 – Surface water resources

Chapter 11 – Flooding and geomorphology

Chapter 12 – Groundwater

Chapter 13 – Terrestrial ecology

Chapter 14 – Aquatic ecology

Chapter 15 – Air quality

Chapter 16 – Greenhouse Gas

Chapter 17 – Noise and vibration

Chapter 18 – Waste management

Chapter 19 – Hazards and safety

Chapter 20 – Cultural Heritage

Chapter 21 – Social

Chapter 22 – Economics

Chapter 23 – Transport

Chapter 24 – Scenic amenity and lighting

Chapter 25 – Matters of national environmental significance

Chapter 26 – Commitments

Chapter 27 – Conditions


Appendix A-2 Abbreviations

Appendix A-3 ToR Cross-check

Appendix A-4 References

Appendix B-1 Land Resources

Appendix B-2 Subsidence

Appendix C-1 Terrestrial Ecology Flora

Appendix C-2 Terrestrial Ecology Fauna

Appendix D-1 Aquatic Ecology

Appendix D-2 Stygofauna

Appendix E-1 – Surface Water Quality

Appendix E-2 – Mine Water Balance

Appendix E-3 – Hydrology and flooding

Appendix F-1 – Groundwater

Appendix F-2 – Underground Water Impact Report

Appendix G-1 Air Quality

Appendix H-1 Noise and Vibration

Appendix I-1 Social Impact Assessment

Appendix J-1 Economics