07/05/2012 | Editor: Marcel Dröttboom
BHP Billiton has approved investment of USD 845 million to sustain operations at Illawarra Coal, in southern New South Wales, Australia, by establishing a replacement coal mining area at the Appin Mine. Appin Area 9 will be operational in 2016 and will replace production at the West Cliff Mine.
Melbourne (VIC), Australia – According to BHP Billiton, the replacement area will have a production capacity of 3.5 million tonnes per year of metallurgical coal and will sustain Illawarra Coal’s production capacity at 9 million tonnes per year. Appin Area 9 will be operational in 2016 and will replace production at the West Cliff Mine. The project includes roadway development, new ventilation infrastructure, new and reconfigured conveyors and other mine services.The development has received all necessary regulatory approvals.
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