Existing infrastructure and conducive operating environment
The Dartbrook Project is located in the renowned coal region of the Hunter Valley, NSW, approximately 4km west of Aberdeen and 10km north-west of Muswellbrook. The Dartbrook site has access to world-class infrastructure, a skilled workforce and the support industries utilised by major mining companies in the region to serve key customers in Asia.
The Dartbrook Coal Handling and Preparation Plant has been well maintained and is in good condition since Dartbrook was placed on a care and maintenance basis in 2007.
Surface infrastructure includes power, water and office facilities.
Existing on-site Train Load Out and rail loop connect to the Hunter Valley Coal Rail Network for coal transportation to the port of Newcastle, the largest coal export operation in the world.
Dartbrook's infrastructure is currently insured with a replacement value of circa $300m as at May 2016.
The Hunter Valley's long history of mining has created a large pool of highly skilled workers and lasting partnerships with suppliers as well as stakeholders.
Dartbrook is ideally placed with world-class infrastructure supporting mining operations in the immediate vicinity surrounding the project, including the Bengalla JV (a joint venture between New Hope, Wesfarmers, Mitsui and Taipower), Mt Arthur (BHP Billiton) and the adjacent Mt Pleasant approved development project (Mach Energy).
Mining leases and coal lease cover a total of 3,268 hectares.
Overlapping exploration leases cover 3,800 hectares. Large freehold land package of over 3,400 hectares covering the majority of the potential open cut mining area.
The Coal Handling Preparation Plant (CHPP)
The Dartbrook acquisition includes an existing CHPP.
The CHPP is located adjacent to the Great Northern Railway Line.