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South32 NSW coal mine output to be lower

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December 05, 2017

South32 has flagged lower output and higher unit costs at its Illawarra Coal operations in NSW.

South32 has flagged lower output and higher unit costs at its Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operations in NSW for 2017/18, after operations at one of the two mines remained suspended for an extended period.

The diversified miner now expects 4.5 million tonnes of total coal production from Illawarra, where operations at the Appin mine were partially restarted in October, compared to 7.07 million tonnes the previous year.

The operating unit cost is expected to jump to $US130 a tonne, compared to $US80 a tonne in FY17, while planned capital expenditure at Illawarra has also been reduced, by $US30 million, due to underground development at the Appin mine being deferred.

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