Wesfarmers’ reported metallurgical coal production of 2.1 million t and thermal coal production of 1.6 million t from its Curragh and Bengalla mines in 2Q16.
Curragh production was 3 million t, 61.4% higher than the previous quarter. Metallurgical coal production was 79.6 million t – 79.6% higher than the previous quarter – and thermal coal production was 27.9% higher that the previous quarter.
Curragh is responsible for all of Wesfarmers’ metallurgical coal production. The jump in output came as production returned to normal following significant rainfall in the previous quarter.
For the twelve months to 30 June 2016, Wesfarmers’ metallurgical coal production fell 19.3% to 7.6 million t.
At Bengalla, Wesfarmers’ share of thermal coal production for the quarter was 0.8 million t, 14.4% lower than the previous quarter due to operating in a less productive section of the mining sequence.
For the year to June 2016, Wesfarmers’ share of production increased by 2.4% to 3.4 million t. Bengalla Mining Co. is a joint venture ownership with Wesfarmers holding 40%, New Hope Group 40%, Mitsui 10% and Taipower 10%.
Edited by Jonathan Rowland.
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