The proposed Carmichael mine is in the Galilee Basin about 160 km north-west of Clermont.
The open-cut and underground coal mine will be complex and operate for more than 65 years. It will consist of four domains:
coal mine plus infrastructure and processing plant;
offsite infrastructure, including workers accommodation village, dedicated airport, offsite industrial area, water supply storage and access roads;
quarries to supply construction material and rail ballast; and
rail line from the mine to the existing Goonyella rail system so that coal can be moved to Abbot Point for export.
Mine planning and approvals required closure and rehabilitation strategies that provided a clear vision of and methods for how each domain will be closed and rehabilitated so that they are safe, stable, sustainable and non-polluting.
EMM’s closure, rehabilitation and soils team worked with mine and infrastructure planners and engineers to develop closure and rehabilitation strategies and procedures that will:
comply with the requirements of relevant environmental legislation, best practice guidelines, conditions of any applicable licence, approval or permit;
provide conceptual rehabilitation management and mitigation procedures for site personnel; and
describe indicators and rehabilitation completion criteria, including the procedure to be used to revegetate the post-activity landscape and a monitoring program for rehabilitation assessment.