|Gates close on mining era|
|Friday, 23 November 2012 13:46|
Today an Australian mining icon will switch off its excavators, park the trucks and close its gates for the last time as it passes into the history books.
The Rio Tinto Coal Australia managed Blair Athol Mine has produced close to 250 million tonnes of thermal coal during its lifetime, with the operation gradually scaling back over the last five years as the main coal seam was mined out.
“Rather than see the closing of Blair Athol Mine as a sad day, the employees and suppliers of Blair Athol Mine, who have played such an important part in the mine over the last 30 years, are reminiscing and celebrating the life of the mine and what the mine has achieved,” Clermont region general manager operations Dawid Pretorius said.
“At its peak Blair Athol Mine had a workforce of more than 400 people and was an economic powerhouse for the region producing over 12 million tonnes of coal a year with minimal equipment and infrastructure.”
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