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Mine processing facility at Mount Arthur

New South Wales Energy Coal

New South Wales Energy Coal (NSWEC) consists of the Mt Arthur Coal open-cut energy coal mine in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia. The site produces coal for domestic and international customers in the energy sector.

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Key developments during FY2019

In October 2018, BHP awarded Thiess a mining services contract to complete end-to-end mining services in the Ayredale and Roxburgh pits (referred to as Mt Arthur South) over five years. Thiess was identified as the preferred contractor, with expertise in existing operations at the southern area of the main pit and terrace mining techniques demonstrated at nearby operations. Under the new contract, Thiess is appointed statutory mine operator of Mt Arthur South, with scope including vegetation clearing, mine planning, drill and blast, overburden and coal mining.

BHP will remain mine and lease holder of Mt Arthur South and Mt Arthur North, and mine operator of Mt Arthur North. 

Looking ahead

NSWEC is transitioning to a strategy of optimising product quality. Volume is expected to decrease and unit costs to increase in the short term. We expect that benefits of the multiple elevated roadways project and continued improvements to truck and shovel productivity will lead to lower unit costs in the medium term.

Healthy Harold at Mt Arthur Coal

Thanks to a long-term partnership with BHP Mt Arthur Coal, Hunter Life Education has been able to visit more than 3,000 students in Muswellbrook and the Upper Hunter annually to help build their awareness, knowledge, strategies and skills they need to make safer and healthier life choices.

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