Whitehaven Coal Limited (ASX: WHC), a leading coal producer in the Gunnedah Basin in New South Wales, has announced that it has recommenced longwall production from the Narrabri coal mine.
According to the ASX announcement issued by Whitehaven Coal, mining in the second longwall panel was completed in January, while production on panel three has begun after the longwall change-out was successfully completed.
The company further added that the ROM coal production of 3.29Mt for the first half is highly satisfactory since the 193kt produced in a single week is a new record for the company.
With saleable coal production for the first half amounting to 2.91Mt, production for the December quarter exceeded the nameplate capacity (6.0Mtpa) of the mine. The company considers this a significant achievement since the Narrabri mine has only been operating commercially for just eighteen months.
“Narrabri has reported strong performance with record production and sales for the half. Longwall production in panel three commencing safely, on schedule and on budget is positive news and, significantly, moves the mine into a one change-out per annum mode of operation,” said Whitehaven Coal Managing Director and CEO Paul Flynn.
Whitehaven’s Narrabri mine is producing a high energy export thermal coal and a low ash, low sulphur, low phosphorus, mid volatile PCI coal.
The mine is expected to produce about 850kt of PCI coal in FY2014.