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South 32 provides update on Appin colliery suspension

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South32 has advised that on 28 June, the Appin workforce was withdrawn from Appin colliery as a precautionary measure.

South 32 subsequently confirmed that there was no gas exceedance or breach of gas limits. The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment were informed of the details of the withdrawal. The Regulator then issued a prohibition notice and expressed broader concern regarding the recent gas events and the operating practices of the Illawara metallurgical coal operation.

Separately, South32 confirmed that the Dendrobium mine remains in operation and that production guidance for FY17 remains on track with Metallurgical Coal having produced 7.06 million t to 28 June 2017. Consistent with past practice, South 32 will provide production guidance for FY18 when we report our financial results on 24 August 2017.

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