In the 1950's, the Geelong area's coal supply was provided by Roche Brothers at a brown coal mine in Anglesea. In the 1960's, Alcoa acquired the coal mine and set out to build a power station to supply electricity to the Point Henry Smelter.
The Alcoa Anglesea Power Station was officially opened on 20 March 1969 and now supplies more than 40 per cent of the power required by Alcoa's Point Henry aluminium smelter through a 45km high voltage power line connecting the Point Henry and Anglesea sites.
Making electricity involves many stages, and Alcoa needs the support of a workforce of approximately 85 people at its Anglesea site to complete this process.
Click here to view the Anglesea Process Flow Chart or click on the four main areas below for more detailed information about how Alcoa Anglesea creates their electricity:
1. Coal mining
2. Mine Rehabilitation
3. Power Station
4. Control room
Endorsed Mine Work Plan - Alcoa Anglesea Power Station
The Mine Work Plan, endorsed on 22 September 2011 by the Department of Primary Industries, has been developed to outline the strategy for the continuing operation of the Anglesea Coal Mine by Alcoa to 2061.
Due to the shutdown of the operations in August 2015 following the closure announcement, a mine rehabilitation and closure plan is being developed by Alcoa in accordance with the process detailed in the current endorsed Mine Work Plan.
This will be done in conjunction with, and reviewed by, the Earth Resources Regulation Branch of Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). Community consultation will be part of this process.
You can read the Mine Work Plan (endorsed September 2011) below:
Overview - Anglesea Coal Mine
General Location Plans
Mineral Recovery Methods
Mine Rehabilitation and Closure Plan
Environmental Management Plan
Community Engagement Plan
Appendix A - Environment Improvement Plan (EIP)
Appendix B - Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Licence
Appendix C - Land Management Plan
Appendix D - Amglesea Heath Management Plan
Appendix E - Alcoa Anglesea Site Closure Plan
Appendix F - Ground Control Management Plan
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