Anglo American’s export metallurgical coal production saw an increase of 11% to 5.5 million t due to strong operational performances at both Grasstree and Moranbah, as well as the delivery of development coal from Grosvenor. According to the company, this more than offset the effect of Peace River Coal being placed on care and maintenance in December 2014.
However, there was a decline in Australian export thermal coal production by 38% to 1.2 million t as a result of expected lower production from Drayton as the mine nears the end of its life. In addition, a favourable mix at Dawson led to an increase in higher value metallurgical coal production.
Export thermal coal production in South Africa also reduced by 19% to 3.9 million t. This is reported to be driven by strikes (which had a 0.6 million t impact), the planned closure of a section at Goedehoop and the transition to new reserves at Mafube.
Eskom production decreased by 26% to 5.5 million t predominantly due to reduced demand from Eskom, as well as safety stoppages impacting the New Denmark mine in November.
In Colombia, Cerrejón’s production decreased by 12% to 2.6 million t, due to the impact of severe dry weather and the suspension of operations due to dust emission levels, which had an impact on production of ~1 million t in the year.
Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs
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