Newlands confirms impressive year

Staff Reporter

The Joint Coal Board’s official Australian longwall mine production statistics may be a month or so away from publication, but the odds on a central Queensland mine being ranked the country’s number one producer have shortened dramatically.

MIM Holdings Ltd’s Newlands underground mine has confirmed to ILN total production for calendar 1999 topped 5.5Mt, making the operation the most impressive performer in its first full year of operation the local industry has seen.

NCA general manager Mike Ryan said he was aiming for a steady 2000, during which longwall production was likely to fall slightly due to more difficult mining conditions in the first part of the next longwall panel. Development rates should continue at their present high level.

Newlands calendar 1999 performance

Total mine ...................................... 5,552,144 ROM tonnes

Longwall .......................................... 5,157,995 ROM tonnes

Development (15,415.6m) ................... 394,149 ROM tonnes

Calendar year 2000 forecast for Newlands underground

Total mine ....................................... 5,353,800 ROM tonnes

Longwall .......................................... 4,952,776 ROM tonnes

Development (16,040m) ...................... 401,024 ROM tonnes

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