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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2011
WhitehavenCoalLimited–AnnualReport2011 7 Operating Highlights • Saleable coal production up 20% (equity basis) to 4.2 Mtpa and up 19% (100% basis) to 4.7 Mtpa; • Successful expansion of Whitehaven’s open cut mines which operated at an annual rate of almost 6 Mtpa of ROM coal in the June quarter; • Narrabri mine production ramp up continuing with four continuous miners now operating and excellent underground mining conditions; • Narrabri Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP) commenced commissioning in August 2011; • Definition of a 439 Mt open cut coal resource at Vickery with preliminary work indicating an open cut mine plan for Vickery of 4.5 Mtpa ROM for at least 25 years with a stripping ratio of approximately 10:1; • Continuing investment in infrastructure with rail and port capacity secured to meet growth profile; • Expansion of the Gunnedah CHPP completed with washing capacity increased to 3 Mtpa and total coal handling and rail loading capacity of 4.2 Mtpa; • Heads of agreement signed with Idemitsu to extend the existing Tarrawonga Joint Venture and share new CHPP and rail infrastructure.
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