Update: Change to Terms of Prohibition - Huntly East Mine
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s High Hazards Unit has varied the terms of the prohibition notice placed on Solid Energy’s Huntly East mine on Wednesday night.
Brett Murray, General Manager of the High Hazards Unit, says development work will now be permitted around the mine, but the prohibition on extraction of coal remains in force.
‘The inspectors have asked Solid Energy for some detailed information around ventilation as the inspectors are concerned to ensure that there is adequate air supply in the mine to safely manage methane in the mine.
‘We are still discussing with Solid Energy what requirements we expect them to fulfil before mining operations can resume,” Mr Murray says.