Bathurst Resources Limited has announced that it has commenced initial work at its Escarpment coal mine on the Denniston Plateau near Westport, New Zealand.
“Our initial activities at Escarpment will be low key during this first phase of development. The intention is to prepare the site to a point where we can quickly ramp up to steady state mining when the price of export coking coal recovers,” said Managing Director of Bathurst Resources Limited Hamish Bohannan in media release.
Earlier this year, the company announced that it was postponing ramping up the mine as a result of low coal prices.
Current activities are paving way for coal storage, site infrastructure and initial earthworks for the installation of water management systems.
Further preliminary site works are planned, but the company has warned that full development of the site will be deferred until international coking coal prices improve.