Queensland coal mining company Wesfarmers Curragh has taken top honours in the Minerals and Energy category at the 47th Australian Export Awards held last Friday at Parliament House in Canberra.
Wesfarmers Resources attributes a 12% export sales increase in the depressed market of the past 12 months as the primary reason behind its victory.
“Strong export sales made it possible for us to continue full production throughout the global financial crisis, at a time when many other mines were forced to reduce or halt production,” Wesfarmers Resources managing director Stewart Butel said.
“Our success has allowed us to maintain our contribution to the broader economy through the provision of around 480 permanent jobs, local procurement of goods and services, taxes and royalties to government and substantial community support.”
The latest award follows two other recent export awards for Wesfarmers Curragh.
The mine also recently won in the Minerals and Energy category of the 2009 Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc Export Excellence Awards, as well as the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards in the Minerals and Energy category.
The company said that a strategy of dealing directly with international steel mills has enabled its mine to almost triple its exports since 2000 and go against the tide of the global financial crisis.
“Export success has been assisted through building direct relationships with select international steel mills, culminating in strong export results to major steel mills in Asia, Europe and South America,” Butel said.