Vickery project one step closer to approval

Whitehaven Coal has cleared one of the most important hurdles in its bid to develop the $700 million Vickery coal project in New South Wales, and does not expect the thorny issue of Scope 3 emissions to play a role in the remainder of the process.

The Financial Review is reporting the Vickery project was deemed "approvable" by the NSW Planning department's "whole of government" review, in a development that could mean construction is just nine months away if the remaining approval hurdles are cleared in timely fashion.

The next major hurdle will be the NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC), which is expected to make its final determination before the end of August.

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