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BHP not in slow-down, says CFMEU

Gregory Crinum mine.
Gregory Crinum mine. File

BHP has shafted the planned expansion of its Peak Downs mine while remaining committed to it Caval Ridge and Daunia projects near Moranbah.

Revealing a 34% drop in annual profit to $15.4 billion this week, the mining giant said it lost $1.1 billion on its metallurgical coal division.

BHP closed the Norwich Park mine and is currently reviewing the viability of its other high-cost operations across the Bowen Basin.

The company said coal production was constrained largely as a result of industrial action and weather-related downtime.

An insurance claim of $300m relating to the 2008 flooding event had also been settled.

CFMEU national president Tony Maher said the BHP result was "not a sign of a waning boom ... but a sign of a resources boom in full swing".

"Mining companies would like to have us believe they are under the pump and need to pay less tax, cut jobs and contribute less to local communities," Mr Maher said.

"Don't be fooled."

Geotechnical issues continue to dog the Gregory Crinum operation near Emerald, as the company prepares to do a seismic survey in an effort to uncover potential new coal deposits.

The survey will cover 1.86sq km of land around the mine and take six months.


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