Rail 2 Project

MACH Energy Australia owns and operates the Mount Pleasant Operation (MPO) which is located approximately 3km north-west of Muswellbrook.

Mining activities commenced at Mount Pleasant in October 2017 and MACH Energy has approval to produce up to 10.5 Mtpa of run-of-mine coal annually until December 2026.

This Community Information is to inform you of upcoming planned construction works to be undertaken as part of the approved Modification 4 for the Mount Pleasant Operation.

MPO’s existing rail infrastructure is currently located on land south of Wybong Road.

Modification 4 was approved by the Department of Planning and Environment in November 2018 and sought to relocate rail, water and associated electricity supply infrastructure.

Rail Loop Project Community Information Sheets
Aug 2020 Info Sheet Oct 2020 Info Sheet Nov 2020 Info Sheet

Activities associated with Modification 4 are expected to begin in Quarter 4 of 2020 with key aspects to include:

  • Construction of the approved rail spur, rail loop, conveyor and rail load-out facility and associated services;
  • Relocation of the Hunter River water supply pump station, water pipeline and associated electricity supply that follows the current rail spur alignment; and
  • Demolition and removal of redundant, temporary infrastructure once the new infrastructure has been commissioned and is fully operational.

The timely completion of the Rail 2 Project is fundamental to ensuring the ongoing operation of MPO and for expansion of the Mine’s output in the future. A brief timeline of the Project is outlined below.

  • Commence work on new rail loop adjacent Overton and Wybong Roads – Q4 2020
  • Completion of new rail loop and coal loadout – Q1 2022
  • Complete the removal of existing rail loop – Q3 2022

MACH Energy Mount Pleasant have commenced a community engagement program which will seek to identify issues of concern to our near neighbours and the broader Muswellbrook community and appropriate strategies to address these. Updates on the Project will also be shared, and we will maintain contact with neighbours in vicinity of the Project throughout the construction phase.


If you would like more details please contact our
External Relations Manager,

Ngaire Baker

Community Hotline 1800 886 889