South32 has reported that it expects production at Illawarra Metallurgical Coal in FY17 to be at least 10% below previous guidance of 7.9 million t.
On 7 May 2017, elevated gas concentrations were recorded at Appin Area 7. All personnel were safely evacuation. The company informed the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment (Resource Regulator) of the incident and a prohibition notice has been issued.
Production at the Area 7 and 9 longwalls, which form part of the broader Illawarra metallurgical coal operation, has been suspended until South32’s investigation into the incident is completed.
A revised production forecast for FY17 will be provided in due course, with the decrease expected to translate directly to sales given low inventory levels. A commensurate increase in unit costs is also anticipated.
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