Anglo American has announced plans to invest more than $162m to rehabilitate its mining operations in Australia over the next five years.

The company has five metallurgical coal mines in Central Queensland, alongside two open-cut and three underground mines.

Anglo American will spend around $83m on rehabilitation at the open cut Dawson Mine near Moura, and another $40m at the Capcoal open cut mine near Middlemount.

Anglo American Metallurgical Coal business CEO Tyler Mitchelson said: “Over the next five years (2019-2023), we’re investing more than $162m on industry-leading rehabilitation activities across our five mine sites.

“We continue to innovate and pursue best practice mine rehabilitation across our business, and this approach is already delivering outstanding results.

“Anglo American’s Dawson Mine has been leading the way in innovative rehabilitation approaches, including the successful rehabilitation of an area previously containing void highwall, and use of rehabilitated land for cattle grazing.”

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Operators at the Dawson Mine collaborated with environmental monitoring web-mapping platform emapper, the Federal Government Growth Centre, and other miners and industry suppliers on a new METS Ignited (Mining Equipment, Technology and Services) project to map rehabilitation areas aerially.

“Anglo American’s Dawson Mine has been leading the way in innovative rehabilitation approaches.”

The project collected environmental monitoring data including landform geometry, erosion and vegetation using drone technology.

After processing data and comparing information to pre-determined rehabilitation performance standards, all metrics are uploaded to the secure platform, allowing on-demand access to data visualisation, reporting and data collaboration and sharing.

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Ian Macfarlane said: “Last year, the QRC worked with the Palaszczuk Government on significant reforms to the system for the rehabilitation of mines and the development of a financial provisioning scheme for the whole resources sector in Queensland.”