Gloucester Coal (GCL) operates the Stratford and Duralie mines in the Gloucester Basin of NSW, both mines are fully owned and operated by Yancoal Australia. In September 2015, GCL engaged Xenith Consultants to assist onsite with the transition from a contracting operation to an owner operated environment. Xenith were tasked with improving the short term and long term reforecasting onsite at Duralie mine where complex stratigraphy and ongoing geotechnical challenges required a unique approach to mine design, equipment sequencing and scheduling.
Yancoal engaged members of Xenith’s Hunter Valley team throughout 2016 on a variety of projects including the developing of long term dumping and haulage strategies, LOM Options studies, monthly reforecasts and annual operating plans. Xenith also provided relief engineering assistance as well as software training to the technical services team. Xenith recently prepared the 2016 JORC Reserve estimate for the Stratford and Duralie mine complex.
“Xenith were able to bring to the table the right people, software skills and ‘can-do’ mindset, in what has been a challenging year for the Duralie mine. The LOM Options study we undertook with Xenith added a lot of clarity as to where the value resides in the Gloucester coal deposits. Xenith completed the work to international standards with their mine planning solutions and financial models dovetailing easily into our own in house reporting templates.” – Andrew Lau, Yancoal Regional Technical Services Manager
Gloucester Coal has accelerated exploration at Stratford off the back of the LOM Options study and is encouraged by the updated reserves reported in the recent 2016 JORC Reserve estimate.