Mining operations are performed by Tarrawonga Coal Pty Ltd.
Production at Tarrawonga commenced in June 2006 with the mine currently producing a mix of low ash, low sulphur, low phosphorus, medium to high volatile PCI/semi-soft coking coal and export thermal coal (long-term average coal mix expected to be approximately 80% PCI/semi-soft coking coal). Resources currently support a mine life of 20 years at a ROM production rate of 3Mtpa. The approvals process has commenced to extend mining consents out to this defined Resources limit.
In May 2011, Whitehaven entered into a Heads of Agreement with Idemitsu in relation to the extension of the Tarrawonga Joint Venture. The expansion arrangements were formalised between the parties in August 2011 and include:
It is expected that Whitehaven and Idemitsu will receive improved economic benefits from the better utilisation of the proposed Boggabri CHPP and rail loading facilities. In addition, the arrangements will free-up existing Gunnedah CHPP and rail loading capacity for use by other Whitehaven mines, including the proposed Vickery Project.
|Parent Company||Joint Venture Participant||Interest|
|Whitehaven Coal Limited||Whitehaven Coal Mining Limited||70.0%|
|Idemitsu Australian Resources Pty Ltd||Boggabri Coal Pty Ltd||30.0%|