11th August 2020

Market interest test submission closing date: Monday, 14 September 2020 at 11:59pm (AEST) 

Metropolitan Collieries coal exploration licence application location map
Metropolitan Collieries Pty Ltd (ABN 003 135 635) has applied to the Department of Regional NSW, Mining, Exploration and Geoscience (MEG) for a Group 9 (Coal) exploration licence for operational allocation purposes in accordance with section 13C of the Mining Act 1992 and clause 20 of the Mining Regulation 2016.

Exploration Licence Application No. 5918 (Act 1992) is located about 5 km west north west of Helensburgh, over an area of 2042 hectares and embracing strata from the surface to a depth of 900m. The location of the application is shown in the diagram and can also be viewed on MinView.

MEG is required to assess any market interest for the application by Metropolitan Collieries Pty Ltd – ELA 5918, and is seeking submissions from parties interested in exploring and potentially developing coal resources within the application area.

If you would like information on the geology and/or publicly available coal exploration data in the area, contact the Geoscience Assessment and Advice team on (02) 4063 6543 or coal.geology@geoscience.nsw.gov.au


If you would like to express interest, please provide:

  • details of why you are expressing an interest in the area
  • an overview of how it could form part of an existing or potential mining operation (including, for example, an overarching conceptual mine plan)
  • details of your experience in coal mining and exploration and/or developing a mining operation, including with reference to your financial and technical capability.

Submissions may be made by email to resource.operations@planning.nsw.gov.au and quote “Market Interest Test for ELA 5918” in the subject line by the closing date.

This notification is made pursuant to section 13C(3)(b) of the Mining Act 1992 and the Guidelines for Coal Exploration Licence Applications for Operational Allocation Purposes, and does not constitute an invitation for a coal exploration licence or mining lease nor a release of the area under the Strategic Release Framework.

View more information on the Operational Allocation Framework on the website

For more information, contact Resource Operations on (02) 4063 6600.