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Ironbark on track to start producing coal by Q1 2020

  • Sunday, September 23, 2018

Source: Australian Mining Monthly

FITZROY Australia Resources has completed a bankable feasibility study for its proposed Ironbark No. 1 longwall mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin with first coal from the underground operation planned for Q1 2020 – subject to final grant of the Mining Lease by the Queensland government.

The site is expected to produce up to 6 million tonnes run-of-mine coking coal per annum and once fully operational will employ more than 350 full-time employees.

Ironbark No. 1 will share some infrastructure with neighboring Carborough Downs - a site Fitzroy acquired and saved from closure two years prior.

According to Fitzroy chief operating officer Richard Livingstone-Blevins it will use the spare coal handling and preparation plant module for the processing of its coal and railing from the current Carborough Downs train loading facility.

Livingstone-Blevins - who will be presenting at the Longwall Conference 2018 at the Lovedale in the Hunter Valley on November 1 - is credited with playing a key role in the turnaround of Carborough Downs and said a strong focus on innovation and human resourcing would be key to making the operation a success.

"We are really trying to challenge ourselves in terms of innovation at the moment, looking for the latest and greatest technologies that can make our operations safer and more efficient," he said.

"The success of the operation will largely be driven by a strong human resourcing strategy. We want to take safety and productivity to the next level, making people's jobs more enjoyable, with less paperwork for everyone. In order to do so, we'll be looking towards digitizing many of our operations; getting equipment such as underground smart phones and tablets certified and into our work places.

"This will allow for the full integration of all of our safety and business systems, making them accessible from any place, at any time."