Escarpment mine work kicks off

Last updated 11:32 21/07/2014

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After a prolonged consents battle, Bathurst Resources has commenced activities at the company's Escarpment mine site on the West Coast, the company says.

The NZX-listed company said today a small team of men was engaged fulltime on the site.

Fences and signage had been erected and activities included clearing areas for coal storage and site infrastructure and initial earthworks for the installation of water management systems.

The work at the mine near Westport comes after the miner received the "final" paperwork necessary for the project to go ahead last month.

But progress at the mine is expected to be slow.

Managing director Hamish Bohannan said initial activities at Escarpment would be low key during this first phase of development.

The work was in readiness to move into full mining operations once global coking coal prices recovered.

Over the coming months Bathurst would carry out further preliminary site works at Escarpment but defer the full development of the mine.

Coal recovered during this construction phase would be sold into existing contracts, he said.

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