Commenting on its Queensland, Australia operations, the New Hope Group (NHG) said it now holds all primary approvals required for New Acland Stage 3 and work is underway to resume mining operations. Planning has begun for the infrastructure works, including roads, dams and mining access required for the two new mining areas. Refurbishment of existing heavy mobile equipment and the wash plant have also begun. First mining is on track for late Q2 2023, and the ﬁrst coal shipment is still expected in Q3 2023.
NHG also said its Bengalla Growth Project, a 13 million metric ton/year raw coal expansion is well underway, with an additional Liebherr 9800 excavator expected to arrive to site ahead of schedule. Three of the seven Hitachi EH5000 trucks are in production with another three to arrive on site during April 2023. The prep plant’s spiral middlings project was expected to be completed in March 2023.