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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2010
14 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 Colin Coxhead is a private consultant. Mr Greg Jones is a principal consultant with JB Mining Services. Mr Tom Bradbury is a full time employee of Geos Mining. Mr Chris Turvey is a private consultant. Mr Graeme Rigg is a full time employee of Minarco- MineConsult Pty Ltd. Mr Doug Sillar is a full 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 Whitehaven is committed to ensuring its projects are carried out in accordance with site specific protocols for environmental management, and to the ongoing development of new ways to minimise our environmental impacts. Our environmental team has been expanded during the year -- in line with our overall growth -- and we expect the team will continue to grow in the current year. SAFETY Whitehaven's safety record has continued to improve during the year, with our LTIFR being maintained below industry level and our number of Lost Time Injuries continuing to decline from 6inFY09to4inFY10. We have been continuing to focus on safety basics and general continuous improvement. These initiatives include increased legal compliance auditing, improved contractor management, more detailed incident reporting and further development of our overall OH&S Management System. INFRASTRUCTURE Whitehaven has entitlements to adequate track capacity to meet its current growth plans and is continuing to work with Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Rail Infrastructure Corporation (RIC) and other potential rail users in the Gunnedah Basin to identify and progress capital works required to meet future track capacity needs. Whitehaven and Pacific National (PN) entered into a long-term agreement for rail haulage in December 2009. When combined with track capacity entitlements, this contract provides for rail capacity to meet Whitehaven's existing growth plans and port capacity. The new coal train ordered by Whitehaven in 2009 was delivered and put into service in June. This train is being operated by PN under lease from Whitehaven. In addition PN is providing new trains, the first of which is expected to be provided in late calendar year 2010, with a third ordered for the last quarter of calendar year 2011. A Capacity Framework Agreement for providing access to additional port capacity at Newcastle was agreed by Newcastle Ports Corporation, Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) and NCIG in April 2009 and subsequently approved by ACCC. Under this agreement, Whitehaven will have access to at least 9.5 Mtpa of port capacity from PWCS (3.6 Mtpa), NCIG Stage 1 (3.3 Mtpa) and NCIG Stage 2 (2.6 Mtpa). MANAGING DIRECTOR'S REPORT
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