Hunter Valley Operations (HVO), located 24 kilometres north-west of Singleton in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales (NSW), supplied international markets with more than 13 million tonnes of thermal and semi-soft coking coal in 2015.
Production commenced at HVO in 1949 at the current West Pit, which was then part of the Howick mine. The Hunter Valley No. 1 mine began production in 1979. In 2000 Coal & Allied merged the Howick and Hunter Valley mines to create HVO. The Lemington mine, which began production in 1971, was acquired and merged into HVO in 2001.
In March 2009 Coal & Allied received approval from the NSW Government to replace the multiple approvals under which HVO South operated with a single Project Approval valid for 21 years to 2030. The approval included extraction of a further 84 million tonnes of coal and upgrades to a range of infrastructure at the mine.
Hunter Valley Operations is 67.6 per cent owned by Coal & Allied Industries and 32.4 per cent owned by Mitsubishi Development.
Community information line: 1800 727 745 (freecall)
Complaints hotline: 1800 656 892 (freecall)
HVO blasting schedule hotline: 1800 888 733 (freecall)
HVO blasting online schedule: Online schedule
Mining and production
Hunter Valley Operations (HVO) is a multi-pit open cut mine, using a dragline truck and shovel method. The operation's 954 employees (as at 31 December 2015) work in shifts to keep the mine operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Operations are centred in the Wittingham Coal Measures of the Hunter Coalfield, which is part of a Permian coal basin known as the Sydney basin.
In 2015 the mine produced more than 13 million tonnes1 of thermal coal and semi-soft coking coal. After being washed and prepared for sale, the coal is loaded onto trains for transportation 90 kilometres to the Port Waratah Coal Terminal in Newcastle where it is shipped to international customers.
HVO had JORC run-of-mine coal reserves totalling 890 million tonnes as at 31 December 2015.
1 Total production (Rio Tinto's share: 10.4 million tonnes).
Our current modification proposals
|HVO North Modification 6 (Carrington In-pit Fine Rejects Emplacement)
||Coal & Allied is proposing a modification to its HVO North consent to partially fill the existing void within Carrington Pit with fine rejects, rather than overburden/waste rock.
|HVO South Modification 5
||Coal & Allied is proposing a modification to its HVO South consent to mine deeper seams of coal and increase the height of the Cheshunt overburden emplacement. The proposed modification is within the mine’s existing footprint and will utilise the same mining methods.
Hunter Valley Operations seeks to be more than just a major source of local employment and economic growth, rather to work in partnership with the local community. Through our community relations programme, Coal & Allied is working to help provide positive long term outcomes for the Hunter Valley region.
Community Consultative Committee
The Hunter Valley Operations Community Consultative Committee meets regularly to provide a forum for open discussion between the community, the council and Coal & Allied representatives. The committee discusses issues directly relating to the mining operation and environmental performance, keeping the community informed on these matters and potential impacts. The past 12 months of meeting minutes can be found in our library.
The Coal & Allied Community Development Fund (previously called the Coal & Allied Community Trust) was established in 1999 to support communities in the Hunter Valley to build community capacity, address development challenges and take advantage of emerging opportunities.
Since its inception in 1999, the Coal and Allied Community Development Fund has contributed more than A$14 million to projects aimed at providing benefits for the local community. The Coal & Allied Community Development Fund is continuing its long running contributions to building capacity in the Hunter Valley, with the announcement in late 2014 of a A$3 million commitment for disbursement between January 2015 and December 2017.
Find out more about the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund.
We are also proud to have made a positive and lasting difference to Upper Hunter Aboriginal communities through our former Aboriginal Community Development Fund (ACDF). The ACDF was funded through a community benefits commitment established under the Native Title Agreement for the Mount Pleasant Project. Since its inception in 2006, more than AUD$4.6 million was invested in projects contributed to education, cultural and economic development outcomes for Upper Hunter Valley Aboriginal communities in NSW. This positive legacy is intended to deliver benefits beyond its 20 year life under its new owners following the sale of our Mount Pleasant project in 2016.
Contact us for contact details for our site, community offices, sponsorship and donations team, community funds, blasting schedule and community information line.
Photo by Ryan Jenkins, a Hunter Valley Operations employee