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16/5/2018 — Conference Special
Conference tour to two coal mines

There will be a tour of the two major coal mining sites on the North Island as part of the visits to be undertaken during the 2018 AusIMM New Zealand Mining Conference in Tauranga.

Organisers have arranged for a visit to the Maramarua and Rotowaro mines which are owned by BT Mining, the joint venture between Bathurst Resources Ltd (ASX: BRL) and NZ produce group Dalley’s.

Rotowaro, with an annual production of 700,000 tonnes, is the second largest opencast coal mine in the country and is within an area with a long history of both opencast and underground mining.

The coalfield was first mined in 1915 after a branch railway and a bridge were established over the Waikato River. The current opencast mine opened in 1958 and produces low ash, low sulphur thermal coal.

Maramarua also has a long history of coal mining with an opencast mine first developed in 1948, with modest quantities extracted since that time. The current operation began in mid-2015, with significant project capital injected into site infrastructure to re-establish operations.

Coal mining recommenced in October 2017 and has an annual production of 150,000. Coal from Maramarua is suited for steel production, and customers take in the Glenbrook steel mill and regional dairy plants.

The tour will take place on Sunday, September 16, on the eve of the two-day conference in Tauranga.

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The Rotowaro opencast mine.