Appin a bug bear for South32

SOUTH32’s Illawarra Metallurgical Coal subsidiary’s total saleable production fell 9% to 5.3 million tonnes in the nine months ended March 2017 as challenging ground conditions were encountered at Appin Area 9 in New South Wales.
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Lou Caruana

Mining rates were also moderated at Appin Area 7 to ensure gas concentrations were maintained at safe levels. 

Production in the March 2017 quarter was impacted by a longwall move at Dendrobium that was extended by four days and was slow to ramp-up as a result of challenging roof conditions. 

FY17 production guidance remains unchanged at 7.9Mt and requires a strong finish to the year, the company said.

A longwall move at Appin Area 9 is scheduled for June.

A drawdown of inventory ensured sales in the nine months ended March 2017 exceeded production by 258,000.

Sales in the March 2017 quarter also included a carryover shipment from the December 2016 half year.

South32’s South Africa Energy Coal saleable production decreased by 11% to 21.5Mt in the nine months ended March 2017.