Owners propose pit lake for disused site

Standing at edge of the streaked, coal-rich slopes that surround the vast pit, the enormity of the rehabilitation task that confronts Hazelwood’s owners, French energy giant Engie, is evident.

The owners of Hazelwood want to turn the former site into a giant pit lake. Justin McManus

Engie wants to turn the former open-cut mine into an artificial “pit lake” between 70 and 130 metres deep, which could take as long as two decades to fill and require almost double the amount of water Melbourne consumes in a year.

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