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Anglo American withdraws Moranbah North staff

Diversified miner Anglo American has undertaken the controlled withdrawal of staff at its Moranbah North coal mine, in Queensland, following a change in underground conditions.

“The trigger for the underground withdrawal was elevated levels of some gases in the goaf, which would indicate a coal heating issue and an overpressure event. We have internal and external experts assessing various information sources in order to more accurately determine the cause of the event,” the company said in a statement.

“At the time of the incident, we had been mining through some particularly challenging geology and every precaution was being taken.

“The conclusions from the expert review of the incident will inform a comprehensive risk assessment prior to re-entry, which will require regulatory approval,” the company said.