As a direct result of the New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) recommendation in late 2015 to reject Anglo American’s Drayton South project, the existing Drayton operation in the Hunter Valley will cease mining operations by the end of September 2016.
Approximately 200 employees involved in mining operations will cease employment at Drayton at this time while a small team will be retained to manage Anglo American’s rehabilitation commitments in line with our statutory requirements, which remain a top priority.
Anglo American remains engaged in the PAC process for the Drayton South project as part of the ongoing process for the 2015 application.
Anglo American is extremely disappointed that ceasing operations is required and will determine further action depending on the final outcome of the project approval.
The safety of our employees remains our number one priority during this difficult time.
ENDS: Media contact – Lynda Pollock, 0467 729 484
Notes to editors:
Anglo American is a global and diversified mining business that provides the raw materials essential for economic development and modern life. Our people are at the heart of our business. It is our people who use the latest technologies to find new resources, plan and build our mines and who mine, process and move and market our products – from bulk commodities and base metals to precious metals and diamonds (through De Beers) – to our customers around the world. Our diversified portfolio of products spans the economic development cycle and, as a responsible miner, we are the custodians of precious resources. We work together with our key partners and stakeholders to unlock the long-term value that those resources represent for our shareholders, but also for the communities and countries in which we operate – creating sustainable value and making a real difference. Our mining operations, growth projects and exploration and marketing activities extend across southern Africa, South America, Australia, North America, Asia and Europe.