Whitehaven Coal restarts mining

Whitehaven Coal has recommenced operations after heavy rains halted mining in the Gunnedah Basin.

Earlier in the month Whitehaven stated that it was forced to close the majority of its operations due to rainfall, adding that "while none of the mines are flooded, all have volumes of water in the pits".

No equipment was damaged at the time, although one week of production was predicted to be lost as a result of the flooding.

Access roads were also closed.

The miner states that it has restarted work at all of its open cut mines in the region, in particular Werris Creek, Tarrawonga, Sunnyside, and Rocglen.

"Coal production is currently underway at Werris Creek and Tarrawonga albeit at a reduced rate while pit water issues are being addressed.

"Coal production will resume at Sunnyside and Rocglen in the new few days."

Haulage operations to the Gunnedah washplant and rail loadout are forecast to restart at the end of the week, depending on road conditions.

During the flooding of the majority of Whitehaven’s operations, its Narrabri mine remained operational.


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