Maules Creek production costs set to rise

WHITEHAVEN Coal may be able to offset expected higher operating costs from its Maules Creek open cut coal mine in New South Wales with higher grade metallurgical coal and semi-soft coking coal.

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Whitehaven Coal's Maules Creek mine in NSW.

Production costs will move higher from increased open cut depth, haul length and as the strip ratio approaches the 20-year average of 6.4:1, according to the company.