First coal from Grosvenor longwall

Posted May 12, 2016

150505 - LW101 First Shear

Anglo American’s $1.8 billion Grosvenor metallurgical coal operation in the Bowen Basin has delivered its first coal from its underground longwall.

The company said the milestone came seven months ahead of schedule and was achieved at more than $US100 million below budget.

Approved for development at the end of 2011, the Moranbah district mine has taken more than seven million man hours to construct, with almost 6000 personnel inducted onto the project, according to Anglo American chief executive officer of bulk commodities Seamus French (pictured below).

“We began the installation of the longwall just 24 days before its first shear and production of coal – a truly remarkable feat and a result of the team’s technical expertise and the modular approach we have taken to our underground longwall operations in Australia,” he said.

Seamus French

“We look forward to shipping the mine’s high quality product to our steel customers across Asia as production begins to ramp up in the months ahead.

“While Grosvenor may not fit Anglo American’s strategic portfolio choices, its long term commercial attractiveness is beyond question.”

Anglo American expects Grosvenor to produce 3.2 million saleable tonnes in 2016.

At full capacity, the Grosvenor longwall is capable of producing 7.5 million saleable tonnes per year.

The mine is among the operations earmarked for sale as mining giant Anglo American backs away from coal.

The company plans to sell its Grosvenor, Moranbah North and Moranbah South assets in the Bowen Basin as a package.


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