The Narrabri underground mine continued to deliver excellent results and has broken a series of production records. In CY2015 the mine produced 8.3Mt ROM coal making it one of Australia’s most productive and lowest cost coal mines.
Roadway development, which is important to maintain longwall mining continuity, increased to 22,098 metres from 19,800 metres in the previous year.
ROM coal production for FY2016 was 6.9Mt. The 11% reduction in FY2016 production relative to FY2015 was due to the completion of two full longwall change-outs during the year. This equates to approximately 12 weeks of lost production.
At the end of FY2016 mining had commenced in LW06, the final 300 metre wide panel. Mining in LW07, the first 400 metre wide panel, is scheduled to commence in the second half of FY2017. Work on the longwall expansion has progressed well with the surface infrastructure and electrical upgrades being completed on schedule.
In December 2015 the NSW Department of Planning and Environment granted approval to increase Narrabri’s annual production limit from 8.0Mtpa to 11.0Mtpa ROM coal. This provides the necessary headroom to support an expected increase in production from the 400 metre wide panel.
|Ownership||Whitehaven 70%, J-Power 7.5%, EDF Trading 7.5%, Upper Horn Investments 7.5% and Daewoo International and Korea Resources Corporation 7.5%|
|Location||17km southeast of Narrabri and 70km northwest of Gunnedah|
|Tenements||ML1609 and EL6243|
|Coal Types||Approximately 80% high energy, low sulphur, low ash thermal coal and 20% PCI coal|
|Life of Mine||22+ years|
|2016 Production Target||6.6Mt–6.8Mt ROM coal,
|2016 Actual Production||6.9Mt ROM coal,
|2017 Production Target||8.0Mt–8.3Mt ROM coal|
One of the most productive
underground mines in Australia