BHP Billiton is looking at cutting coal jobs in Brisbane, according to unsourced rumours.
The Australian reports the cuts will focus on an office handling planning for BHP's metallurgical coal assets.
According to the rumour some jobs at the Brisbane office may go, and some geologists and engineers will be moved to other parts of the business.
Earlier this month rumours surfaced BHP may also be eyeing job cuts in the Pilbara.
So far BHP has not confirmed or denied the rumours clouding the company.
Whilst hesitant to provide details on the security of specific positions or operations, the company says rising costs and falling commodity prices are forcing a renewed focus on cutting costs.
"All we would say is that against a backdrop of increasing costs and falling commodity prices, we continue to focus on reducing our overheads, operating costs and non-essential expenditures to ensure our assets are well positioned on their relative cost curves," the company told Australian Mining earlier this month.