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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2009
12 JORC COMPETENT PERSONS STATEMENT Information in this report that relates to Coal Resources and Reserves is based on and accurately reflects reports prepared by the Competent Person named beside the respective information. All these persons are consultants for Whitehaven Coal Limited. Mr Greg Jones is a principal consultant employed by JB Mining Services. Mr Colin Coxhead is a private consultant. Mr Patrick Hanna is a private consultant. Mr To m Bradbury is a full time employee of Geos Mining. Mr Graeme Rigg is a full time employee of Minarco-MineConsult Pty Ltd. Mr Paul Westcott is a part time employee of Minarco-MineConsult Pty Ltd. Named Competent Persons consent to the inclusion of material in the form and context in which it appears. This Coal Resources and Reserves statement was compiled by Mr Mark Dawson, Group Geologist, Whitehaven Coal Limited. All Competent Persons named are Members of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and/or The Australian Institute of Geoscientists and have the relevant experience in relation to the mineralisation being reported on by them to qualify as Competent Persons as defined in the Australian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (The JORC Code, 2004 Edition). THE ENVIRONMENT Responsible management of the environment within which we operate remains a high priority for Whitehaven directors, management, and employees. There is a strong focus on maintaining all of our operations within the very strict conditions imposed by the relevant authorities under our Development Consents and to minimise any adverse impact on the communities in which we operate. Progressive rehabilitation is underway at each of the company's operations and full rehabilitation at the Canyon mine, which ceased operation in July 2009, is almost complete. For further information on the company's environmental initiatives please visit the company's website. SAFETY Whitehaven continued its commitment to Health and Safety throughout the year with excellent performance and system improvements. This commitment has been demonstrated over the course of the year by maintaining our LT I F R level below industry standard. We have also improved our understanding of the company's risk profile and risk management processes and achieved further improvements in the Occupational Health and Safety Management System. The company has seen rapid growth in the workforce with both employee and contractor numbers increasing. The primary focus throughout the year has been to continue developing an Occupational Health and Safety Management System that meets the needs of the workforce and mitigates risk while maintaining focus on routine work practices. INFRASTRUCTURE Rail track capacity upgrades by ARTC1 as far as Gunnedah were completed in December 2008, providing track and train capacity to deliver Whitehaven's current requirement for an average of 300,000 tonnes per month to be railed to port from Gunnedah and Werris Creek. Further ARTC track upgrades were completed during June 2009 to extend this additional capacity to Narrabri. Whitehaven and ARTC are now focusing on the further track upgrades required to meet ongoing growth requirements from the Gunnedah basin. An Implementation Memorandum regarding a system for providing long-term access to port capacity at Newcastle was agreed by Newcastle Ports Corporation, PWCS2 and NCIG3 in April 2009 and submitted to the ACCC4 for approval. Detailed documentation to support this agreement is close to finalisation. Under the agreement, Whitehaven will have access to at least 9.5 Mtpa of port capacity from PWCS and NCIG stages 1 and 2. 1 ARTC -- Australian Rail Track Corporation 2 PWCS -- Port Waratah Coal Service 3 NCIG -- Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group 4 ACCC -- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission MANAGING DIRECTOR'S REPORT
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