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Whitehaven Coal Limited (ASX:WHC) advises that on Wednesday 28 November, 2012 a trainderailment occurred near Boggabri in New South Wales, interrupting train movements between Whitehaven's Narrabri mine and the Port of Newcastle. Investigation and clean-up crews have beenon site since the incident.
Whitehaven has yesterday received advice from the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) that track damage caused by the derailment is unlikely to be restored within the next 12-15 days. No date has yet been forecast by ARTC for completion of repairs to the track and the bridge, and investigations are still underway into the cause of the incident.
The ARTC has undertaken to providefurther information on track repair time frames as they become available.The track closure does not affect Whitehaven's open cut operations or Gunnedah CHPP, but doespreclude rail transport of coal from the Narrabri underground mine to the port of Newcastle.
"Like all rail users affected by the track closure, Whitehaven is reviewing all options available tominimise the impact of the closure on its operations,"
Whitehaven Managing Director Mr TonyHaggarty said. "The options include seeking approval for temporary trucking of coal from the Narrabrimine to the rail load out at our Coal Handling and Preparation Plant at Gunnedah," he said.
"We do not currently have approval to truck coal from the Narrabri mine, even in specialcircumstances, and any approval to do so will need to be managed through the NSW StateGovernment process and local government, and will include traffic and other assessments.
Trucking is only being considered as an interim measure and any approval would be short term," he said.
"We do not have capacity at Gunnedah CHPP to handle all Narrabri coal, however short term truckingwould reduce the impact of the rail closure and allow production at the Narrabri mine to continue whilethe track repairs are completed".
"Other actions including re-scheduling of required longwall maintenance at Narrabri, reconfiguration ofstockpile facilities, maximising coal deliveries from the open cut operations and optimising shippingschedules are also being put in place."-ends
For further information please contact:
Tony Haggarty Managing Director Phone: (02) 8507 9700
Kate KerrisonPhone: 0413 946 704Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASX Release: 4 December 2012
TRAIN DERAILMENT AND TRACK DAMAGE NEAR BOGGABRI
This article first appeared on www.asx.com.au
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