Anglo American plans new coal mines

Anglo American has announced a $2.7 billion growth plan which will see the development of two new underground coal mines.

On the back of Anglo chief executive Cynthia Carroll’s visit to Moranbah, she announced the plan which will provide $20 million in infrastructure for Moranbah as well as 2000 jobs, according to the Daily Mercury.

She stated that Moranbah is a major part of Anglo American’s future in Australia, and that the Grosvenor and Moranbah South longwall coal mines, which will be developed over the next decade, will move this forward.

Carroll focused on providing miners with accommodation choices and spoke of a preference for community based miners over fly in fly out arrangements.

Anglo is aiming to build more than 50 houses and units as an effort to increase miner numbers in Moranbah.

“We are committed to providing our employees with a choice of accommodation options that best suit their personal circumstances, including permanent housing in the Moranbah community,” she said.

“We currently offer $65,000 cash incentives to existing employees wishing to build or buy in Moranbah and surrounding areas.

“We really support having our employees living around our operations,” Carroll stated.

The miner also announced funding for training facilities, educational programs, cultural facilities, and accommodation and public multi-use buildings.

“Anglo American is committed to the long-term sustainable growth of Moranbah and we wish to partner with the local council and the community to achieve this goal,” Carroll said.

However the “implementation of the fund is subject to government approval for our Grosvenor and Moranbah South projects, with funding staged to meet the project development phases.”

Carroll is travelling to Canberra today to speak to Julia Gillard on the proposed carbon tax.

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