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BHP Billiton increases coal production in 12 months to June 2013

Oilfield Technology,

BHP Billition has announced an increase in both thermal and metallurgical coal production in 12 months to June 2013.

Thermal coal

Total thermal coal production was up by 3% to 73 million t. In Australia, New South Wales Energy Coal achieved record annual production following the ramp up on the RX1 project.

New South Wales Energy Coal (Australia) achieved record annual production following the successful ramp up of the RX1 project. Elsewhere, Cerrejon Coal contributed to a 26% increase in thermal coal production from Q1 2013 as operations returned to full capacity following the resolution of industrial action.

Metallurgical coal

Total metallurgical coal production increased by 13% to 38 million t. Queensland Coal production in the Q2 2013 increased by 54% on the same period last year to an annualised rate of 61 million t. This strong performance was underpinned by record annual production at both Peak Downs and South Walker Creek, and was achieved despite the indefinite closure of both the Norwich Park and Gregory mines.

The continued ramp up of Daunia and future commissioning of Caval Ridge will underpin an increase in the capacity of the Queensland Coal business to 66 million tpa  by the end of the  2014 calendar year. Notwithstanding the strong increase in production anticipated, a longwall move at Crinum and scheduled maintenance at Goonyella Riverside and Peak Downs will impact production in Q3 2013.

Illawarra Coal also achieved record annual production in the 12 months to June 2013. A longwall move at West Cliff is now scheduled for Q3 2013.

Edited from various sources by Jonathan Rowland

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