Linc Energy had brought Blair Athol Mine and will reopen it.
Linc Energy had brought Blair Athol Mine and will reopen it. Contributed

Linc Energy buys Blair Athol Coal Mine

LINC Energy's coal subsidiary New Emerald Coal has brought the the Blair Athol Mine Tenure in Clermont and expects to have it running in six months

Completion of the acquisition is conditional upon finalisation of these arrangements together with the satisfaction of relevant approvals and other customary conditions.

The Blair Athol Mine ceased operations in November 2012.

New Emerald Coal expects the acquisition to become unconditional within six months and mining to recommence shortly after. New Emerald Coal will reopen the mine with a view to produce up to 3 million tonnes of thermal coal per year.  

Michael Mapp, Linc Energy President of Coal, said the purchase would deliver production capacity to New Emerald Coal and add value as Linc Energy strengthens its coal asset portfolio.

 

"The Blair Athol Mine offers a unique opportunity to New Emerald Coal by adding an established asset with minimal efforts and costs to restart the mine," Mr Mapp said.

 

New Emerald Coal will re-open the mine once the tenure has been transferred, creating over 100 jobs at the mine site near Clermont in Central Queensland.

There is no upfront cost for the acquisition by New Emerald Coal which includes the mining tenure, on-site assets and infrastructure.

Under the SPA, the previous owners will make a contribution to New Emerald Coal towards the current anticipated statutory site rehabilitation obligations, commencing in 2016 and ending in 2019.

There is provision for commercial agreements to be put in place that give New Emerald Coal access to train-loading capacity, workforce accommodation and port and rail capacity to Abbot Point. 

Linc Energy has a proud history of investing in the local communities in which we operate, and New Emerald Coal will work to fill these jobs locally wherever possible," he said.

Mr Mapp said the addition of an asset such as Blair Athol Mine further enhanced the value of New Emerald Coal, whose assets include the exciting Teresa Coal Project in the Bowen Basin and other early stage coal exploration and development tenure in Queensland.

"We will continue to develop our assets to recognised milestones," Mr Mapp said.

"This enhances the value of New Emerald Coal and will deliver maximum value to Linc Energy shareholders as we continue towards the planned divestment of this non-core division."


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