Following the closure of its Canadian Peace River Coal operations in 4Q14 and disruption of its Australian operations due to tropical cyclone Marcia, export metallurgical coal production decreased by 17%.
Export metallurgical coal production from Australia decreased by 11% to 5.0 million t as Marcia impacted Dawson production and railings. The Dawson coal preparation plant maintenance shut down was brought forward to partially mitigate the impact on full year production. ongoing equipment design issues impacted production at Moranbah. This should be resolved during the longwall move planned for 3Q15. Grasstree production continued delivering record production.
Change in product mix and increased productivity led Australian export thermal coal production to increase 86% to 1.4 million t.
At Cerrejón coal mine, Colombia, production was mostly unchanged at 3 million t.
Export thermal coal production for South Africa increased 5% to 4.3 million t as a result of productivity improvements over all export operations.
Eskom production declined by 6% to 7 million t mainly due to planned reductions at Kriel before moving to the new mining areas and decreased demand for New Vaal coal.
Domestic non-Eskom production saw an increase of 25% to 1.7 million t due to increased domestic production at Zibulo and Greenside.
For export metallurgical coal, full year production guidance is unchanged at 20 and 21 million t and for export thermal coal is 28 and 30 million t from South Africa and Colombia.
Written by Harleigh Hobbs.
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