Ashford Coking Coal
The Ashford Coking Coal Project comprises of a 50/50 joint venture (JV) with New Hope Group (“NHC”). The JV covers the previously mined Ashford Coal Mine, where an 13.2mt Resource of hard coking coking coal has been identified.
Following a series of washability and product coal tests the key coking coal properties of a potential washed product were identified. These properties compare favourably with other coals both in Australia and overseas. Following these tests a single core from within the resource area was prepared and subject to a pilot coke oven test to assess the quality of the coke formed from Ashford seam coal. The results confirmed that the resource at Ashford would produce a mid volatile hard coking coal with a high coke yield, moderate ash and other qualities which could be expected to be favourably received by global steel makers.