Malabar Resources Smart Mining Networking Event

Join Austmine for our Smart Mining Networking Event in Newcastle on Tuesday 4th May with keynote speaker James Johnson, General Manager, Development & Operations, Malabar Resources.


James will explore the pathway forward for Malabar’s Maxwell Underground Coking Coal Mine in the Hunter Valley as it moves towards development and will outline the infrastructure and operational requirements for the project. He will also update the audience on Malabar’s other ventures such as the Maxwell Solar Project and Spur Hill exploration studies. 

The Development Application for the Maxwell Underground was approved by the NSW Independent Planning Commission in December 2020. Detailed planning and engineering for the project are well advanced to ensure construction can commence as soon as possible once the Mining Licence is granted and all secondary approvals are obtained is issued. The operation will target four seams utilising a conventional high productivity longwall mining to deliver up to 8 million tonnes per annum. 

The project involves the recommissioning of the substantial coal handling and train loading infrastructure at the Maxwell site (ex. Drayton). There will also be significant construction activities related to establishing access to the underground mine entry area and surface to seam construction activities. The project will require the procurement of all underground mining equipment required for a safe and highly productive longwall mine.

Join this event to: 

  • Understand the next steps for the Maxwell Underground Coking Coal Mine
  • Learn about the project requirements for construction, commissioning and operations 
  • Network with fellow METS and mining organisations in the Hunter region

James Johnson, General Manager Development & Operations, Malabar Resources 

James has over 20 years of experience in the Australian coal mining industry and is highly experienced in underground coal.  Starting his career at the coal face James has held several key management positions including Engineering Manager and Production Manager during the construction and production ramp up of Glencore’s Ulan West Underground mine. Prior to joining Malabar in 2019, James was the Operations Manager at Glencore’s Ulan Underground mine. As General Manager James is committed to developing and leading safe and efficient operations.

A Fitter by trade, James also holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical – Honours Class 1) from the University of Newcastle, Australia, and industry-recognised qualifications including Mining Engineering Manager and Mechanical Engineering Manager Certificates of Competency for NSW Coal.


Austmine members: $50 + GST 
Mining organisations: $50 + GST 
Non-members: $120 + GST 

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Thanks to our Event Partner

5/4/2021 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
Rydges Newcastle Wharf Rd &, Merewether St Newcastle NSW 2300 AUSTRALIA

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