Glendell Continued Operations Project

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Our Glendell Open Cut mine is seeking approval to continue mining to the north of its existing operations.

The Glendell Open Cut mine is part of Glencore Coal’s Mount Owen Complex, off Hebden Road at Ravensworth.

The Glendell Continued Operations Project would provide access to around 135 million tonnes of additional coal resources located on land almost completely owned by Glencore.

Project benefits over the life of the extension


people directly employed


benefit to the State of New South Wales


benefit to Upper Hunter region


royalty revenue for New South Wales Government

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Project aspects

Glendell Continued Operations will extend Glendell Mine’s life to 2044 and involve:

  • mining the additional coal resources including ongoing use of overburden emplacement areas, predominantly in-pit
  • using existing infrastructure, including the complex’s coal handling plant and rail loop
  • relocating historic Ravensworth Homestead, realigning the lower section of Yorks Creek and part of Hebden Road.

Refer to the Glendell Continued Operations Project Overview (PDF 1.2MB) for an illustration of the project's key features.

Glendell Continued Operations Project is a State Significant Development (SSD).

Project assessment

The project requires:

  • development consent under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act)
  • approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The development application was lodged with the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) in December 2019. The accompanying Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was on public exhibition from 11 December 2019 until 14 February 2020.

A total of 359 submissions were received during the public exhibition period from community members, interest groups and government agencies on the project EIS.

All of the submissions were considered and responded to through Response to Submissions (RTS) reports (Part A and Part B), which have been completed and submitted to the DPIE for their assessment and recommendations to the New South Wales Independent Planning Commission (IPC). The IPC is the consent authority for the project.

Project status

The current status of the project has since progressed to the DPIE assessment phase of the government’s process, as illustrated in the timeline below.


Environmental assessment

View the Glendell Continued Operations Project EIS on the documents tab of this page.

For further information, you can also refer to the DPIE Major Projects website.

What is being assessed?

Comprehensive technical assessments have been completed identifying the potential impacts of the project and recommending measures to minimise and manage potential impacts. The project design has been informed by many of the studies to ensure impacts are mitigated as far as reasonably and feasibly possible.

As part of the EIS, a detailed Social Impact Assessment (SIA) was prepared in accordance with the assessment guideline for State significant mining, petroleum production and extractive industry development adopted by the New South Wales Government in 2017.

The SIA is about identifying, assessing and effectively managing the social impacts that may be associated with the project, and identifying opportunities to enhance the benefits of the project.

Glencore continues to engage openly and regularly with the communities of Ravensworth, Singleton and the Upper Hunter Valley.

We are committed to working with stakeholders through meaningful community engagement.

We seek to build enduring relationships that result in positive and lasting social and economic benefits in the communities in which we operate.

Community investment

Glencore partners with organisations to promote sustainable development in:


For more information on Glencore Coal Australia's commitment to communities, download our Community Investment Program booklet (PDF 6.8MB).

Funding opportunities

Submission of funding applications is via the Smarty Grants website.

Use the links below to access documentation for Glendell Continued Operations Project.

Further documentation can also be downloaded from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) Major Projects website.


Community information sheets
Community newsletters
Community Consultative Committee (CCC meeting minutes)


Environmental assessment
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Response to Submissions (RTS)
Other documents

If you have any questions about Glendell Continued Operations Project, please contact us using the information below.

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Project enquiries

Bradly Snedden
Approvals Manager
Tel: +61 428 466 820
Email: Bradly Snedden

Jason Desmond
Environment and Community Manager
Tel: +61 448 077 270
Email: Jason Desmond