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Bathurst Resources provides Q3 operations update

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New Zealand coal miner, Bathurst Resources, has released its Quarterly Activities Report for the three months to the end of September with highlights including the first coal mined at the new Escarpment mine.

Coal mining operations

Total coal production totaled 89,113 t for Q3, an increase of 41% on the same period last year.

Of this, 63,296 t was mined at the Takitumu mine, where production was back up to normal, following the seasonal slowdown in demand from the regions diary industry. Bathurst took over operation of the mine from a contractor on 15 September.

The Cascade mine produced 25,777 t of thermal coal in the quarter following a reduction in production rate due to a lessening of market demand. The company has also implemented cost saving measures at the mine to offset the drop in output. Cascade primarily provides coal as feedstock for the local cement industry.

At Canterbury Coal, Bathurst’s third operating mine, full mining activities were temporarily reduced while modifications are made to the processing system in order to improve efficiency. This should be completed by the end of the year.

Escarpment mine development

As World Coal reported in July, initial mining works began at the Escarpment mine in July. Fencing and first-stage roadworks have now been completed and preliminary water management and treatment systems have been installed.

As part of construction works, the first coal was recovered at the site and trucked to the Cascade coal storage site to be sold into the domestic market. Full ramp up of the mine will be delayed until international metallurgical coal prices recover.

First coal from the Escarpment mine.

The Escarpment mine development is the key first stage of Bathurst’s export coal project from the Buller Coalfield on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The company is targeting initial output of 500,000 tpa of metallurgical coal for the international steel markets once global coal prices recover

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