New Acland on track despite market downturn

30 May 2013

The New Hope Group’s New Acland mine has maintained production and is pushing ahead with plans for the continuation of the operation, despite the market downturn.

New Hope’s Chief Operating Officer Bruce Denney said the company was continuing its work on the revised New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 Project plan to ensure current and future jobs in the region.

“The revised New Acland Stage 3 Project plan allows for the continuation of the mine, therefore ensuring employment for 300 local people directly, plus a further 160 full-time contractor jobs and another 2,300 indirect jobs,” he said.

“The continuation of the mine will also create a further 200 construction jobs and another 100 direct jobs.

“Detailed work on the revised Environmental Impact Statement for the New Acland Stage 3 Project plan continues.

“To date this  has  included  noise,  dust  and  water modelling,  conceptual  design  of  materials  handling  systems  and  extensive  stakeholder discussions. Work is currently on schedule.” 

Mr Denney said the company continued to pursue prudent cost reduction initiatives across all operating sites due to the current difficult market conditions.

“With effect from late April, operations at the higher cost Jeebropilly mine have been scaled back from six days to five days in order to minimise costs during the current downturn,” he said. “No job losses have resulted from this restructuring at Jeebropilly.

“Acland production levels remain unchanged at 4.8 million tonnes per year.”