It is intended that both short term and long term roadways will be developed by DOSCO LH1400 or equivilent roadheading machines, two of which being fitted with roof/rib bolters for the face/gateroad only drivages, as appropriate.
All the mining equipment intended for deployment at the mine is proven in the anticipated operating and geological conditions.
The mine plan ultimately envisages two sets of short wall equipment, so that a replacement short wall face is always ready to start production and, as a consequence, there should be no gaps in production operations. Four sets of development roadheaders are planned for development operations.
The proposed coal handling system will utilise belt conveyor systems for delivering run of mine (ROM) product from the planned underground short wall and development activities to the surface.
The current capacity of the mine infrastructure including coal clearance, ventilation and electric supply is quite sufficient to support commencement of operations and production with phased upgrades to follow after year two. Transitional backup infrastructure to development headings are allowed for in the business model.
A fleet of four diesel free steering vehicles will transport materials supply from the inbye location (bottom of supplies drift) to the development and production areas of the mine.