BHP invest $400 mn increase coal production

BHP to invest $400 mn to increase coal production

11:16 AM, 25th March 2011
BHP to invest $400 mn to increase coal production


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: BHP Billiton approved $ 400 million investment to expand Hunter Valley Energy Coal in New South Wales, Australia. The expansion, known as the RX1 Project (RX1), will enable Mt Arthur Coal’s run-of-mine thermal coal production to increase by 4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), to approximately 24 mtpa. RX1 is substantially a mine only expansion without an associated increase in coal preparation plant capacity.


RX1 is expected to deliver first production in the second half of the 2013 calendar year. “The emergence of demand for coal in the key growth markets allows us to get product to market quickly, ahead of further coal preparation plant expansions. Importantly, the RX1 Project will take advantage of existing port capacity and future expansion options will be supported by Mt Arthur Coal’s large, low-cost resource and the ability to expand the coal processing facilities,” said Jimmy Wilson, Energy Coal President, BHP Billiton. The company owns 100 per cent of Mt Arthur Coal through Hunter Valley Energy Coal Pty Ltd.

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