(100 percent equity share)
Operating 70 kilometres west of Christchurch, our Canterbury mine produces low sulphur coal primarily for the dairy and food processing industries. The proximity of the mine to these markets offers a real freight advantage and helps us meet the growing demand.
The receipt of the Innovation Award at the New Zealand Minerals Forum in May 2019 – recognising innovation in the life-of-mine planning, productivity and market improvements at our Canterbury site – was a positive reflection of the talented people managing this site.
An exploration drilling campaign and a mine plan was tailored for the Canterbury mine’s steeply dipped, narrow coal seams. This brought the number of productive seams from three to more than 30, allowing Bathurst to meet new dairy contracts.
Our innovations at Canterbury have more than quadrupled output – when we bought Canterbury Coal in 2013, the mine was producing 30,000 tonnes a year.