$15 Million for South32 Emissions Facility

A new facility, featuring cutting-edge technology to tackle fugitive methane emissions, will be established at South32’s Illawarra coal mine, thanks to a $15 million grant from the NSW Government.

Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Resources Paul Toole today announced funding to establish a pilot Ventilation Air Methane (VAM) abatement project that will be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the innovative technology for industry.

Mr Toole said global demand for NSW coal has hit an all-time high, contributing to record royalty returns of approximately $2 billion in the 2021 calendar year, keeping 22 thousand people directly employed with flow-on benefits to other industries including freight, manufacturing, construction, and steel production.

A co-contribution of $4.5 million will be provided by South32 to establish the facility.

Courtesy of South32.

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