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Bengalla

Bengalla, located four km south west of Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, supplies international markets with up to six million tonnes of thermal coal per annum.

Bengalla's history as a project goes back to 1990, when the NSW Government called for expressions of interest from mining companies to develop a coal resource. Development Consent was granted for Bengalla in 1996 and the site commenced production in 1999.

Coal & Allied acquired its interest in Bengalla in 2001, and is the manager of the site on behalf of the joint venture partners, CNA Bengalla Investments Pty Ltd (40 per cent ), Wesfarmers Bengalla Limited (40 per cent),Taipower Bengalla Pty Ltd (10 per cent ) and Mitsui Bengalla Investments Pty Ltd (10 per cent).

Bengalla is an open cut mine, using a dragline truck and shovel method. 267 employees (as at 31 December 2008) work in shifts to keep the mine operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Operations are centred in the Wittingham Coal Measures of the Hunter Coalfield, which is part of a Permian coal basin known as the Sydney basin.

In 2008 the mine produced more than five million tonnes of thermal coal. After being washed and prepared for sale, the coal is loaded onto trains for transportation 115km to the Port Warratah coal terminal in Newcastle where it is shipped to international customers.

Bengalla had marketable reserves of 132 million tonnes as at 31 December 2008.

Bengalla Mining Company Pty Limited
Bengalla Road
Locked Bag 5
Muswellbrook, New South Wales  2333

Telephone:  (61 2) 6542 9500
Facsimile:  (61 2) 6542 9599