Malabar Resources said the New South Wales (NSW) Independent Planning Commission (IPC) approved the Maxwell Underground Project, located near Muswellbrook in the Upper Hunter Valley. The determination follows the project’s comprehensive and technical review by independent experts and rigorous assessment by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Malabar Chairman Wayne Seabrook said Malabar is eager to begin the necessary next steps to begin construction in 2021. The 30-year Maxwell Underground Project will produce mostly metallurgical-grade coal and provide about 250 construction jobs and 350 jobs during operation, generating $55 million in annual wages once the project is up and running.