Leading New Zealand coal producer Bathurst Resources Ltd (ASX: BRL) has been moving to rectify mechanical and manning problems at its two coal mines on the North Island.
The Australian mining publication Mining Monthly said the company’s March quarter disclosed low manning levels and mechanical breakdowns at the Rotowaro mine and this led to overburden being down against both budget and forecast.
The article did not detail the fact that the two North Island coal mines it now operates were in the BT Mining Ltd joint venture with Kiwi food processing company Dally’s.
Mining Monthly said the focus in the current quarter is to recover year-to-date deficits through improved mine planning and implementation of waste stripping within the east extension, and establishing full waste stripping capacity at Awaroa West via a subcontractor.
The report said the other North Island mine, resumed production in February with coal exposure achieved and the schedule maintained despite wetter than usual weather.
Overburden removal at the mine – which BT Mining acquired from Solid Energy late last year – was now ahead of budget and forecast for the quarter and had almost caught up to the year-to-date budget targets.
Sources: miningmonthly.com.au; nzresources.com