May 30, 2012 Xstrata provided an operations update for Bulga Coal Mine, Australia.
March 31, 2002 Current mining is extracting longwall 25 and developing longwall 27 and main headings. Relocation of the longwall to longwall 26 will commence in January 2003. The proposed operating plan for the mine includes the reorientation of longwall panels from a north-west to a south-west direction to maximise the resource recovery within the mine boundary and to best accommodate the known and predicted geology. The forecast operating plan is based on increasing production from 3.3 million tonnes per annum to 4.8 million tonnes per annum ROM
coal. This increase will be achieved by an increase in underground conveying capacity which will be commissioned in January 2003. This will facilitate increased equipment availability and productivity. Longer and wider extraction panels that will reduce panel relocations and improve the development to extraction ratio will also facilitate increased productivity