The Loy Yang is an open cut mine located in the Latrobe Valley, 165km east of Melbourne. It produces brown coal which is used in the adjacent power station, which is also owned and operated by Loy Yang.
The mine is excavated with electric powered bucket wheel dredgers that are 50m high and 190m long and have the ability to dig 4000t per hour.
From here the coal is transported by conveyor belt to a bunker that can hold up to 80,000t. The coal is transported directly by conveyor belt from the bunker to the power stations.
Operating. When mining operations began at Loy Yang in 1982, operations occurred in an area referred to as block one, with a northerly development. The current operation began in 1992 and is referred to as block two, with an easterly development. Loy Yang Power expected to be mining in the block three area, in a southerly direction, by 2027.