Queensland Coal will continue to focus on safety with BMA further embedding the programs and standards implemented in FY2020, and further investment in hard controls. BMC will work to continue improving safety outcomes through field leadership, hazard reporting and risk management at the South Walker Creek and Poitrel Mines, and the Red Mountain coal handling preparation plant.
For BMA, strong asset-level alignment of operating discipline and integrated operational plans ensure we focus on maximising value through the supply chain. This will be achieved by focusing on bottleneck processes to smooth coal flows leveraging latent coal handling preparation plant and logistics capacity. Medium-term plans remain focused on lifting trucking performance to benchmark rates thereby leveraging the benefits of our transformation program and achieving results in the areas implemented.
Autonomous trucks are being implemented at two Queensland Coal sites. Daunia with 34 autonomous trucks and Goonyella Riverside with 86 autonomous trucks. Deployment at both sites is expected to be completed early in CY2022.
BMC will also plan to focus on improving truck and shovel productivity to ensure optimal utilisation of the coal handling preparation plants, and continue to prioritise low-capital debottlenecking opportunities. BMC will plan to mitigate short-term COVID-19-related price impacts by reducing high cost production and capital expenditure, but retain the ability to respond should higher prices emerge.