CHINESE-BACKED mining company Yancoal wants to dig three new open-cut pits at its Stratford mine at Gloucester.
Details of the proposal are on display with the NSW Department of Planning.
Yancoal has the rights to a 20-kilometre stretch of coal along the Wards River, running from Stratford to its Duralie mine, near Stroud Road, to the south.
Documents show Yancoal wants to maintain Stratford’s production at 2.6 million tonnes a year for 11 years. It also says Stratford’s workforce would double to 250.
Mining would continue at the Bowens Road North open-cut and extend into three new areas, the Roseville West pit extension, the Avon North open-cut and the Stratford East open-cut.
The Stratford East and Avon North mines would operate around the clock, with the other two areas running during daylight hours only.