Bulga Optimisation Project
Public Exhibition of the Bulga Optimisation Project Environmental Impact Statement by the Department of Planning closed on the 14th June 2013. Following this the Department requested Bulga Coal to respond to the submissions in a Response to Submissions Report. This Report has now been submitted. Should you require any further information or would like to discuss the project, please click here.
Welcome to the Bulga Complex
The Bulga Complex includes Bulga Open Cut, Bulga Underground Operations and the Coal Handling and Preparation Plant. The Bulga Complex is located 15 kilometres southwest of Singleton near the village of Broke in New South Wales.
The Bulga Complex produces approximately 16 million tonnes of semi soft coking coal and thermal coal a year, which is railed to the Port of Newcastle for export to China and Japan. The coal is used predominately for steel making and power generation.
Coal mining at the Bulga Complex began in 1982 when BHP was granted approval to mine coal, known as the Saxonvale Mine. Underground mining commenced at South Bulga in 1994 and Beltana in 2003. Operating as separate business units, Bulga Surface Operations and Bulga Underground Operations are managed by Xstrata Coal, the largest coal producer in New South Wales.
The Bulga Complex employs approximately 1,000 employees and contractors at its open cut and underground operations. Owning 5,500 hectares of land, the Bulga Complex is one of the largest landholders in the area. Our focus is on implementing the highest environmental standards and best practice to ensure our licence to operate and developing long-term, sustainable relationships with our local community.
The Bulga Complex is committed to the goal of sustainable development. We balance social, environmental and economic considerations in how we manage our business. At all times we remain conscious that what we do today in our business should not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Sustainable development is a core principle for Xstrata Coal and an important indicator of our operational excellence. It requires long-term solutions and we have the people, commitment and experience to set a new standard for the industry to follow.