Recommissioning helps Wongawilli restart

EXTENSIVE recommissioning of continuous miners, shuttle cars, feed breakers, auxiliary fans, conveyor system and other mining equipment was completed at Wollongong Coal’s Wongawilli mine in New South Wales in the June quarter to allow production to restart.

Lou Caruana

A small care and maintenance team at Wongawilli is well advanced on preparation and recommissioning works associated with achieving operational readiness, the company said in its June quarterly report.

“Cost minimisation has been a key goal with maximum utilisation of currently idle Russell Vale colliery equipment,” it said.

Recommencement of operations is now imminent and a Mining Services Agreement with Delta SBD Limited for mine operation has been executed.

The current Pt3A approval has been extended until 2020 to allow extraction of the remaining approved coal blocks in the Nebo and Elouera areas.

All subsidiary environmental approvals have been sought and obtained to allow extraction to commence in the first quarter if FY2016-17.

No production was completed during the June quarter although 78,611 tonnes of existing coal inventory was sold.

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