Anglo delivers first coal from Grosvenor

Anglo American has commissioned the Grosvenor metallurgical coal mine located adjacent to its Moranbah North colliery in Queensland’s Bowen Basin
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Lucia, Anglo American's TBM for the Grosvenor mine

Staff reporter

The project has delivered its first coal from its underground longwall seven months ahead of schedule and more than US$100 million below budget.

The construction of the mine, approved in 2011, involved the first use of a tunnel boring machine (pictured) for a mine in Australia.

The US$1.95 billion longwall operation is expected to produce 3.2 million saleable tonnes in 2016 and at full capacity will push out 7.5Mt/y.

Once fully ramped up, all-in sustaining unit costs of A$110/t (US$82/t) are expected.

Seamus French, CEO of bulk commodities at Anglo American, said: “We began the installation of the longwall just 24 days before its first shear and production of coal – a truly remarkable feat and a result of the team’s technical expertise and the modular approach we have taken to our underground longwall operations in Australia.”