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New Delivery Contract for the Ashton Coal Mine in New South Wales, AustraliaAshton Coal Operations Limited with its headquarters in Camberwell, New South Wales, Australia, began with the development of the new Ashton coal mine in September 2003. Due to its extensive experience with similar projects, White Mining Limited (WML) based in Sydney, Australia, was awarded the contract for the development of the complete Ashton Coal Mine Project. Following the commencement of the development and construction works in September 2003, the open cut mining operations began in early 2004. In a further step, mining operations commenced in the new underground Ashton coal mine in 2005. A The new coal mine is located about 14 km northwest of Singleton and includes:
- an open cut coal mine,
- an underground coal mine,
- a coal handling and preparation plant, and
- a rail siding for removing the mined coal.