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Glencore to restart production at Collinsville

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Glencore will begin recruitment for more than 200 jobs at its Collinsville coal mine as it returns the mine to production.

The company had scaled back production at the mine earlier this year but said it was now seeing increased demand from Southeast Asia for the specific type of coal produced by Collinsville.

The mine has also been successful in increasing operational efficiency and reducing costs, said Tony Galvin, who heads Glencore’s opencast coal business in Queensland.

“We are very pleased today to hear that Glencore is returning the Collinsville mine to production, which will employ hundreds of people and bolster state revenue through royalties and taxes,’ said Michael Roche, CEO of the Queensland Resources Council, in response to the news.

“It follows on from the good news about Stanmore Coal’s successful reopening of its Isaac Plains Mine and the recent sale and planned re-opening of Blair Athol Mine,” Roche continued – adding that such news was giving lie to the “end the coal” rhetoric from green politicians and activists.

The restart of production at Collinsville will not increase Glencore’s total coal export tonnes from Australia, however, given the recent closures at its Newlands and West Wallsend underground mines.

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