MANAGEMENT

Aquila longwall on track to start in 2022

ANGLO American’s development team is working with a continuous miner underground at its Aquila mine in Queensland to create the roadways and infrastructure in preparation for the longwall to start production in early 2022.

Anglo American's Aquila mine in Queensland.

Anglo American's Aquila mine in Queensland.

Its recently-approved Aquila mine is an important growth project for the company, extending the life of its underground operations in the area and producing high quality hard coking coal.

Anglo American's Capcoal operation in Queensland will be extended another six years to 2028 by bringing its Aquila longwall out of care and maintenance at a cost of US$226 million.

The company is also seeking to make Aquila one of the most technologically advanced underground mines in the world.

The mine will adopt Anglo American's FutureSmart Mining program, which applies innovative thinking and technological advances to address mining's major operational and sustainability challenges.

Anglo American Metallurgical Coal CEO Tyler Mitchelson said Anglo American was at the forefront of embracing innovation to drive the next level of mine safety and performance.

"As the largest underground coal miner in Australia, we are leveraging the innovative work already under way at our existing mine sites and scaling the development of new technologies in our operations," he said.

"We will pursue remote operation of the Aquila longwall, ensuring our people are removed from harm's way, and the continued digitalisation of our operations, using new technologies such as our Australian-first intrinsically safe underground electronic tablets.

"The accelerating pace of technological innovation, particularly in the digitalisation, automation and artificial intelligence areas, are opening up opportunities for the mining sector to be safer, more productive and sustainable."

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