Peabody says it is proceeding with the ventilation of the first segment of the North Goonyella coal mine in consultation with the Queensland Mine Inspectorate.
This is part of a comprehensive phased reventilation and re-entry plan, with longwall production expected in 2020, Peabody said.
“This marks an important first step in the next phase of activities aimed at resuming normal operations at North Goonyella,” Glenn Kellow, Peabody President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “As we move forward in the process, we appreciate the ongoing support of our many stakeholders including our employees, the union, customers, the inspectorate, neighbouring mines, the community of Moranbah and countless others.”
North Goonyella has been shut since early September when high gas levels were identified. A fire subsequently broke out at the mine later that month.