LIGHTS OUT: Glencore’s Newlands Northern Underground coal mine is expected to close in June, impacting about 100 employees.
LIGHTS OUT: Glencore’s Newlands Northern Underground coal mine is expected to close in June, impacting about 100 employees. Contributed

LISTEN: Workers may be redeployed after Glencore closure

UPDATE 6.30pm: CFMEU district president Steve Smyth believes Glencore wills stick to it's agreement to redeploy much of the Newlands Northern Underground coal mine when it closes in June.

He said workers tended to make the transition from underground mining to open-cut easily, if workers were redeployed to a open-cut mine.

"Anyone going from the underground to the open-cut don't have too much trouble picking up the skills required," Mr Smyth said.

"The underground guys are very, very multi skilled."

Glencore also has two other underground mines in Queensland.

Listen to the rest of Mr Smyth's thoughts on the closure, and the fate of Glencore's Collinsville mine here:

 

 

EARLIER: ABOUT 100 employees will be impacted by the closure of Glencore's Newlands Northern Underground coal mine in June.

A Glencore spokesman confirmed the June closure yesterday.

In May 2014 the company had flagged the underground mine would close in December 2015, but it is belived slower than expected coal extraction extended its lifespan six months.

"Glencore's Newlands Northern Underground coal mine is expected to close by the end of Q2 (second quarter) this year," the spokesman said.

"The mine has reached the end of its economic mine life and will close upon completion of the final longwall panel."

The mine is predominately a thermal coal mine and it is believed the declining market for the commodity may also have contributed.

As it is not being placed on care and maintenance mode, which would have implied the mine would reopen when commodity prices recovered, the closure is believed to be permanent.

The Glencore spokesman said the company was continuing to provide the workforce information about closure plans.

It was hoped some may be redeployed to other Glencore operations around the country.

Glencore owns 12 mines across Queensland and New South Wales.



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