Bathurst’s Buller Project covers 10,000 hectares of exploration and mining permits on the Buller coal field, including the Escarpment project on the Denniston Plateau and the adjacent Cascade mine. The Denniston Plateau has a rich coal mining history dating back to the 1800’s. The area is home to some of the world’s most valuable hard coking coal used for steel making.
From its location in Westport on New Zealand’s West Coast, Bathurst has access to existing rail and port infrastructure accessing the ports of Taranaki at New Plymouth and Lyttelton, near Christchurch, enabling export from both the west and east coasts of the country.
When fully operational, the Buller Project will provide over 200 direct jobs and an estimated 800 indirect jobs. Production is targeted to commence at round 500 thousand tonnes per annum, increasing to just under 1 million tonnes per annum. The next stages of the Buller Project to be developed will be Whareatea West, Coalbrookdale and North Buller. The total exploration potential from the project is in excess of 100 million tonnes.