News

BMA to close Norwich Park mine

UP TO 1400 workers will face uncertainty after resources giant BMA announced it would shut its Norwich Park mine.

Of those, 490 are permanent workers the company will try to redeploy to its other operations, its Saraji mine in particular.

The coking coal operation is partly owned by BHP Billiton.

A BHP spokesman said some staff would be given voluntary redundancies at the discretion of the company, but many may be able to find work elsewhere.

"The first obligation is to our direct employees," he said.

"Every effort will be made to redeploy them."

In a statement released just after 2pm, BHP explains that Norwich Park "has been losing money for several months" as it was hit by falling production, rising costs and lower coal prices.

It would "cease production indefinitely".

The decision was made after a seven week review into the project.

BMA asset president Stephen Dumble said it was not made lightly, but there was no escaping that Norwich park "is not currently viable".

"While recent industrial action has had an impact on production, the mine has been unprofitable for some months," Mr Dumble said.

"As a result, we have had to take urgent steps to both stop the losses and find the best way to secure the operation's longer term future.

"Importantly, this decision on Norwich Park Mine is not reflective of the broader quality of our world-class Queensland coal operations."

In the statement, Mr Dumble said the mine would remain closed until a viable solution was found.

"We understand that this decision will have a significant impact on our employees, their families and the Dysart community and we are committed to supporting them during this period," he said.

The mine produced about 2.11 million tonnes of coking coal in the 2011 calendar year, down from 3.74 million tonnes the year before.

Comment is now being sought from the mine workers union.

Topics:  bhp billiton mitsubishi alliance norwich park mine


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Byron woman should be jailed for eight years: Prosecutors

Australian Sara Connor and her British boyfriend David Taylor  (AAP Image/Johannes Christo)

Prosecutors stopped well short of recommending the maximum 12 years

World champion surfer's shark repellent solution

Dual world champion surfer Tom Carroll is surfing Lennox Head this week to educate local wave-riders about potential shark repelling devices.

Surfboard device to benefit sharks and surfers

Bluesfest director: Nobody knows why Neil Young cancelled on us

Neil Young  (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Director of Bluesfest seemingly throws some shade at Neil Young

Local Partners

Neil Finn to headline Bluesfest

DON'T dream, it's not over, Neil Finn to hit the stage at Easter festival stage.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Jilted Married At First Sight groom rejected again

Is Married at First Sight groom's second chance over already?

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

What $11.9m can get you on Coast's most exclusive street

29-31 Wyuna Drive Noosaville Qld 4566

This is what a cool $11.9m can get you

How a first home buyer built house with no deposit

NEARLY THERE: Construction on the first house to home orphans at Umoja began in January.



Photo Contributed

His home will be completed later this year.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!