50 jobs lost with Glencore closure of Newlands underground

FIFTY jobs will be lost as Glencore PLC has announced the closure of a north Queensland coal mine, Newlands, that employs almost 200 workers.

In a statement sent to media, the company said the mine's final long wall will be completed next month, with the mine expected to cease operations in the final quarter of 2015. The open cut pit will continue to operate.

Coal mining operations commenced in 1983 and originally the Newlands operation aimed to produce four million tonnes of washed coal per year from approximately 4.5 million tonnes of open cut coal mined.

With the commencement of underground mining in 1998 and significant restructuring of the open cut, the combined open cut produce in excess of 10 million tonnes of product coal per annum.

Glencore said it will try to redeploy those people to other projects but the situation was difficult.



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