BHP shuts Norwich Park near Dysart Central Qld Australia

ABOUT 1350 workers at Norwich Park mine in the Bowen Basin face an uncertain future following the decision by BHP to shut down production indefinitely.

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) announced it would cease operation at the coal mine, southeast of Dysart, blaming the legacy of major flooding in 2010-11 as well as ongoing industrial action.  http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/bhp-shuts-bowen-basin-mine/story-fn7kjcme-1226324389319

The CFMEU has accused BMA of reneging on several terms of the new agreement 

and members are expected to take industrial action from tonight through to Saturday.

The union will meet with senior BMA executives today to discuss the closure.

“We will be asking them to come clean and be up front with us,” Mr Smyth said.

Mr Dumble said the mine had been losing money for several months.

—-”I told a friend as more strikes the workers pushed on BMA  they
would do just this, Close down the mine, pretext it is not making
money, then in a few months, put it on the Market..”
She shook her head, as if to say, ”What the heck do you know?”—

The Morning Bulletin,  Rockhampton’s Paper

Mine shutdown a ‘kick in the guts’

UP to 1400 workers face uncertainty after resources giant BMA announced it would shut Dysart’s Norwich Park mine in a month.
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Getting it into perspective:

The biggest single-pit open-cut iron ore mine in the world, the BHP Biliton Mount Whaleback mine, 455 km (283 miles) south of Port Hedland is seen in this undated handout photograph obtained August 12, 2009. BHP Billiton Ltd, the world's largest miner, reported a 30 percent slide in annual profit excluding writedowns, its first fall in seven years, pummelled by a slump in metals prices and demand.BHP profit reaches almost $US10 billion for the half year. Photo: Reuters

BHP Billiton has reported a rare fall in earnings, hurt by labour battles and weaker commodity prices, but the result shows it is still in a different league from its would-be rival: Glencore-Xstrata.

Despite the 6 per cent drop in half-year profit to $US9.94 billion ($9.2 billion), BHP made more cash profits in six months than the $US90 billion marriage of commodities trader Glencore and miner Xstrata would have made in all of 2011 – and from far fewer revenues.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/earnings-season/bhp-profit-still-in-league-of-its-own-20120208-1r9mo.html#ixzz1roMEqV9z

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One thought on “BHP shuts Norwich Park near Dysart Central Qld Australia

  1. Some Norwich park coal miners have come out saying they only knew of the mine’s closure when it was announced on Wednesday.

    According to one dragline operator at the mine, he only found out when a friend enquired to hear
    how he was taking the shut down announcement, the Daily Mercury reported.

    Also: Miners to lose jobs in the Hunter Valley
    More than a 100 contractors may lose their jobs following BHP cancelling its overburden contract with Bowditch at Mt Arthur.This again relates to safety concerns on site.
    It doesn’t seem to be a good time to be a coal miner this week, with BHP announcing so many cuts and closures.

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