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Grasstree achieves world-class operator status with national record

21 Dec 2015

Anglo American’s Grasstree mine has smashed Australian underground coal production records by achieving 10 million tonnes of run of mine (ROM) coal in 2015.

This is believed to be the largest production milestone in the history of Australia and has been achieved through dedication, commitment to safety and setting in place effective systems to consistently meet 100 operating hours per week of the longwall mine. 

Anglo American’s Head of Underground Operations Glen Britton said the achievement is a testament to the commitment and caliber of the team at Grasstree.

“Firstly, congratulations go to every member of the Grasstree team for the effort they have contributed this year which has resulted in this outstanding milestone,” Mr Britton said.  

“This is a world-class operating team and results like this start with the vision and belief that we can achieve something no one else has done before.

“From there, we were able to set out a plan for key improvements at Grasstree, starting with improved operational discipline, which demanded clear communication and planning.

“It has been a consistent effort, every shift, every day over the past 12 months with teamwork and safety at the core”.

Earlier this year, Grasstree produced 1,200,537 ROM tonnes in one month, beating the previous monthly record set by Oaky Creek North in 2009 by 8000 tonnes.

Ensuring equipment reliability has been critical to the consistent production milestones of up to 250 kilotonne a week, enabling the longwall team to do their jobs effectively and with faith that systems were in place to ensure the equipment was 100% reliable.

In spite of the current difficult market conditions and the pressures which come with this environment, Grasstree mine has put their best foot forward to deliver this achievement and a new bench-mark for Australian underground coal operations.



Media contact: Vanessa Davies – 0400 927 185

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