Bounty resumes Cook Colliery operations following roof fall

Bounty Mining’s Cook Colliery coking coal operation in Queensland has picked up mining activities following a roof fall last week.

The CM13 continuous miner, which was partially buried in the fall, is undergoing minor repairs after being inspected upon its recovery.

The mine resumed operations today with the company’s other continuous miner, the CM02, in another area of Panel 203B where the incident occurred.

No workers were injured during the roof fall, and there was no further equipment damage reported.

Bounty chief executive Jim Griffin was pleased to have Cook Colliery back operating after this incident.

“It’s good to be back in production,” Griffin said.

“The Bounty team has worked hard to overcome this setback and we continue to concentrate on safety as we learn from this incident and resume operations.”

Bounty had aimed to ramp up production to an annual 2.2 million tonnes run-of-mine after acquiring Cook Colliery’s mining assets in December 2017.

The full impact on production is still being assessed, but Bounty anticipates October production will be negatively affected.

Bounty will provide further updates when the CM13 continuous miner returns to service.

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