BHP Approves Appin Area 9 Project in Australia

BHP Billiton recently approved investment of $845 million to sustain operations at Illawarra Coal, in southern New South Wales, Australia, by establishing a replace-ment mining area at the Appin mine. The replacement area will have a production capacity of 3.5 million metric tons per year (mt/y) of metallurgical coal and will sus-tain Illawarra Coal’s production capacity at 9 million mt/y. Appin Area 9 will be opera-tional in 2016 and will replace production at the West Cliff mine. The project includes roadway development, new venti-lation infrastructure, new and reconfigured conveyors and other mine services.

“This is good news for local jobs and the economy in the region,” said Hubie van Dalsen, president, metallurgical coal, BHP Billiton. “The investment sustains Illawarra Coal’s production rates and rec-ognizes the value of its high quality met-allurgical coal resources.” The develop-ment has received all necessary regulato-ry approvals.

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