Global miner BHP produced 2.97 million tonnes of thermal coal in October-December 2021, down 8% from the same period last year, the company said in a report on January 19.
The production also fell by 30% against the previous three months, the report said.
All production over the period came from its operations in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, while that from Cerrejon mine in Colombia will be no longer included as the asset completed the transfer on January 22 this year.
The mining operation in NSW during the period was partly affected by rainfalls and pandemic, but the improvement in mine's strip ratio drove up the production.
The company's thermal coal output totaled 7.21 million tonnes over July-December, a rise of 5% from a year ago.
BHP's guideline of thermal coal production for FY 2021-22 (July 2021-June 2022) remained unchanged at 13-15 million tonnes, the company said.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Emma Yang)
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