​BHP cuts jobs at Mt Arthur coal mine

BHP has announced a new round of cuts at its Mt Arthur coal mine in the Hunter Valley.

Around 150 positions will go from the site by the end of February next year.

According to the miner it comes after a review of the operations.

BHP’s NSW coal head Peter Sharpe explained that the changes are being carried out in an effort to ‘reset the operation’s cost base’.

“The Australian coal industry continues to experience difficult market conditions, including continuing low coal process and a strong Australian dollar,” Sharpe said.

“We have made progress at Mt Arthur Coal in our efforts to reset our cost base, but regrettably, and additional 150 roles will be made redundant by the end of February 2015 as a result of further operational efficiencies."

The roles will be both contractor and full time, with around 86 full time employees and 67 contractors to be let go.

“We understand this will be difficult for our people and we will be working closely with affected employees throughout the process," Sharpe added.

Earlier this year BHP announced it would be shedding 163 positions from the site in an effort to bring the mine back into productivity.

Speaking on the announcement the NSW Minerals Council said this round of job losses at Mt Arthur is a further sign of the tough times the NSW coal industry is facing, due to the cyclical downturn in coal prices.

“Dealing with these tough times is being made tougher due to NSW Government policies that include a broken planning system that refuses important projects like Drayton South that would protect and save Hunter jobs,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee added.

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