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llawarra Met Coal mines production up by 5% in Q1 2019

Coal News - Published on Wed, 24 Apr 2019

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Mining Monthly reported that SOUTH32’S Illawarra Metallurgical Coal has increased production from its New South Wales longwall mines by 5% in the March quarter to 1.2 million tonnes after implementing widespread management changes and tackling technical challenges at its mines. It remains on track to achieve FY19 production guidance at 6.5Mt having completed longwall moves at Appin and Dendrobium following the end of the quarter and renegotiating the remaining labour agreements.

The company said that "We successfully renegotiated a new Appin Trades and Operators and West Cliff Coal Preparation Plant Enterprise Agreement during the March 2019 quarter, thereby concluding the renegotiation of all major labour agreements at the operation."

Illawarra's focus will remain on achieving a substantial uplift in development rates at Appin in order to sustain the operation of two longwalls in parallel from H2 FY20.

It said that "FY19 production guidance remains unchanged at 6.5Mt as we commence the extraction of new panels at both Appin and Dendrobium in the June 2019 quarter, following the successful completion of two longwall moves."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 24 Apr 2019
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