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Hundreds of jobs at risk at Myuna and Mandalong: urgent action needed 

May 9, 2024

Origin’s Eraring Power Station must be required to source coal from its captured coal mines Myuna and Mandalong as part of any government deal to extend its operation beyond August 2025, the Mining and Energy Union said today. 

At least 600 and up to 1000 direct jobs are at risk across the two mines unless a coal supply contract for Eraring is urgently secured, with existing contracts expiring at the end of June. 

Centennial’s Myuna mine at Lake Macquarie is a fully captured coal mine of Eraring Power Station, supplying coal via a conveyor belt with no other opportunity to transport coal to other markets. If no new on-going contract is secured, there is an imminent risk of the mine closing and 350 workers being stood down.  

Centennial’s nearby Mandalong mine usually contributes about half its coal to Eraring. There are another 600 jobs at Mandalong mine, with half or more at risk if no contract is secured. 

Despite skyrocketing profits over the last 12 months, Origin has rejected attempts by Centennial to negotiate a new contract on viable terms, partly due to stockpiling coal purchased elsewhere under price cap rules.

MEU Northern Mining and NSW Energy District President Robin Williams has called on the NSW Government to insist on coal contracts with Myuna and Mandalong as part of any deal to extend its operating life. 

“Origin should do the right thing and purchase coal from these local coal mines that exist to the supply the power station. Further, the NSW Government should insist on contracts for the life of the power station if they provide support to extend its operation,” said Mr Williams.  

“Both the NSW and Federal Government have reassured energy communities that they are committed to an orderly energy transition, with affected workers being supported. 

“The sudden closure of Myuna and Mandalong mines, with the consequent loss of hundreds of good jobs in our community, would undermine confidence in these assurances.” 

MEU members are writing to Premier Chris Minns, NSW Energy and Climate Change Minister Penny Sharpe, Federal Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen and local state and federal MPs seeking their support. 

Around 3000 people have sent the letter so far. 

Sign the letter here.

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