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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2011
12 OPEN CUT OPERATIONS The Gunnedah Operations include the Tarrawonga (70% owned by Whitehaven), Rocglen (100% owned by Whitehaven), and Sunnyside (100% owned by Whitehaven) open cut mines and the Gunnedah coal handling and preparation plant and train load-out facility (‘CHPP’) (100% owned by Whitehaven). The Werris Creek mine is 100% owned by Whitehaven. Our open cut mines and Gunnedah CHPP underwent significant expansion during the year and in the June quarter produced at an annual rate of almost 6 Mtpa. In addition to this expansion, a number of approvals are currently being sought for extension of our existing projects. It is expected that the Werris Creek and Rocglen extension projects will receive NSW Government approval in the current quarter. We have received Director General’s Requirements in relation to our Tarrawonga Extension and are expecting to lodge an Environmental Assessment with the NSW Government by the end of this calendar year. In addition, Whitehaven has entered into a Heads of Agreement with Boggabri Coal Pty Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Idemitsu Australia Resources Pty Ltd (Idemitsu) in relation to an extension of the existing Tarrawonga Joint Venture. The proposed extension of the JV has benefits for both parties and promotes the most efficient use of assets in this part of the Gunnedah Basin. Under the proposed arrangements: • Tolling arrangements would be put in place to provide the Tarrawonga JV with access to the Boggabri Coal CHPP and rail spur; and • Tenement ownership within the expanded JV area would be restructured to ensure WHC and Boggabri Coal continue to hold a 70% and 30% interest respectively in each tenement within the project area. The Agreement is subject to a number of conditions, including approval of expansion plans at both Tarrawonga and Boggabri Coal. The Boggabri Coal expansion includes the development of a rail spur and CHPP. managing Director’s report
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