In an historic event for AGL Loy Yang a large overburden stacker began returning soil and clay into the base of the mine as part of the progressive rehabilitation of the AGL Loy Yang mine.
The travelling stacker (TS4), which is the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), recently embarked on a 19 kilometre, three-week journey to the base of the mine.
Witnessing the commissioning of the machine in the base of the mine on Thursday was the Victorian Minister for Industry, Employment and Resources Wade Noonan. The Minister took a tour of the Loy Yang mine and was given an overview of operations by AGL Loy Yang general manager Steve Rieniets and AGL executive general manager group operations Doug Jackson.
Mr Rieniets explained the importance of this milestone: “TS4 will now deposit excess materials from our mining operations such as clay and soil back into areas of the mine where coal is no longer extracted. This is an important part of our rehabilitation journey and will assist with natural stabilisation of the mined area, reduce noise and dust from the adjacent deposit site and reduce fire risk at the base of the mine."
For further information on how we approach Rehabilitation, read our Sustainability Report.