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Australian Bushfires hit BHP Coal Production in December

Coal News - Published on Wed, 22 Jan 2020

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Mining giant BHP Group said that poor air quality caused by smoke from Australia's bushfires is hurting coal production. BHP said "Smoke from regional bushfires and dust have reduced air quality at our operations, which has impacted December 2019 production. We are monitoring the situation and if air quality continues to deteriorate then operations could be constrained further in the second half of the year.”

Metallurgical coal production was down two per cent to 20 million tonnes (36 million tonnes on a 100 per cent basis). Guidance for the 2020 financial year remains unchanged at between 41 and 45 million tonnes (73 and 79 million tonnes on a 100 per cent basis), with a stronger second half performance expected in line with our plans. At Queensland Coal, strong underlying operational performance at Poitrel, Peak Downs, Caval Ridge and Broadmeadow was offset by planned major wash plant shutdowns at Goonyella, Peak Downs and Caval Ridge, low opening raw coal inventories at Blackwater, and truck and shovel underperformance at South Walker Creek.

Energy coal production decreased by 12 per cent to 12 million tonnes. Guidance for the 2020 financial year remains unchanged at between 24 and 26 million tonnes. New South Wales Energy Coal production decreased by 11 per cent to 7 million tonnes as a result of the change in product strategy to focus on higher quality products. Guidance for the 2020 financial year remains unchanged at between 15 and 17 million tonnes. Cerrejón production decreased by 13 per cent to 4 million tonnes as a result of a focus on higher quality products, in line with the mine plan, and the impact of adverse weather in the September 2019 quarter. Guidance for the 2020 financial year remains unchanged at approximately 9 million tonnes.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 22 Jan 2020
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