West Coast coal mine developer Bathurst Resources achieved
almost 80,000 tonnes of coal sales for the quarter to
December, mainly from its Takitimu thermal coal deposit in
Southland, which is being expanded.
An Environment Court decision is imminent, following a
four-week appeal hearing late last year, contesting resource
consents granted to Bathurst by two West Coast councils in
The Buller project, above Westport, plans to mine 4 million
tonnes annually of an estimated 94-million-tonne resource of
specialist hard-coking coal, and is estimated to be almost a
year behind schedule. More than $250 million has been spent
Environmental organisations, including Forest and Bird, have
contested the strip-mining proposals around the Denniston
Plateau above Westport through several courts, highlighting
its unique and irreplaceable bio-diversity. A separate appeal
on the hearing of climate-change issues has now gone to the
Supreme Court, to be heard about mid-March.
In early January, the Takitimu deposit was expanded, with a
final payment of $7 million to purchase adjoining property,
to improve the economics of the operation, a Bathurst
quarterly report said yesterday.
Takitimu produced 62,497 tonnes of the total 78,031 tonnes of
coal sales for the quarter to December, and the Cascade mine,
near the Denniston plateau, produced 19,774 tonnes.