Notice of Demolition Works
Further demolition works are scheduled over the next few weeks at the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project.
The next dredger demolition in the former Hazelwood Mine area is scheduled for:
Thursday 29 October 2020 between 10am and 11am
Because all dredgers are within the mine area, the works will not be visible to the community.
Due to the size of the dredgers, demolition by explosive cutting charges to achieve an engineered controlled collapse has been assessed as the safest method. The works are being conducted with regulatory oversight and relevant licences and approvals.
While controls have been implemented to reduce any external noise emissions as much as possible, local residents are advised they may hear a loud noise at the time of the demolitions, for a duration of a couple of seconds.
The demolition program is being undertaken by the Australian demolition company Delta Group as part of the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project. The Project is required to return the site of the former Hazelwood Power Station and Mine to a productive state for future use.
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The ENGIE Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project
A major project is now underway to rehabilitate the site of the former Hazelwood Power Station and Mine, with ENGIE Hazelwood committed to the delivery of a safe, stable and sustainable final landform.
The Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project is delivering the safe closure, decommissioning and rehabilitation and of the former open cut Mine and its surrounds, as defined by Mining Licence MIN5004.
Works are also underway in adjoining areas not included within the Mining Licence. These programs include the demolition of the former Hazelwood Power Station and other redundant mining infrastructure, and works upon the Hazelwood Cooling Pond.
ENGIE Hazelwood’s preferred final landform for the former Mine void is a lake, which is proposed to be delivered in stages, subject to regulatory approvals.
ENGIE Hazelwood has developed a comprehensive Concept Master Plan for Hazelwood, available here which conveys potential new uses and future investment opportunities for the site.
Mine rehabilitation activities are governed by the Minerals Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (MRSD Act) and Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2019 (Vic) (MRSD Regulations), which provide the framework for the closure, decommissioning and rehabilitation of the Mine site.
ENGIE Hazelwood’s rehabilitation operations at the Hazelwood Mine are subject to the provisions of the MRSD Act and the MRSD Regulations, and relevant Work Plan approval documentation.
ENGIE Hazelwood is committed to complying with all legal obligations in the context of the final rehabilitation works.
At Hazelwood the safety of staff, contractors and the community is the number one priority. The health and safety philosophy is “Safety First” and ENGIE Hazelwood is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace.
The Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project also has a strong focus on supporting and developing local labour skills in the Latrobe Valley. Local personnel are engaged where practically possible and the Project is averaging more than 70 percent local labour content. Some specialist skills are required, in particular for the demolition works being conducted by the Delta Group.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands where we operate, the Gunaikurnai people, and pay respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.