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Xstrata Suspends Surat Basin Coal Project

Xstrata has suspended its multi billion dollar project in the Surat Basin in central Queensland. The $186 million worth expenditure was to be used to develop the $6 billion Wandon thermal coal project located south west of Gladstone.

The move has been considered a pressure tactic on the Federal Government to reconsider the RSPT. Xstrata Coal has reiterated that it is not bluffing, and that it would not develop the project if the government passed the RSPT in its current form.

The company is still making the land purchases that it had committed to the federal government before the tax on mining was announced. They feel honor bound to purchase the land for which offers had already been made to members of the Wandoan community. This was brought out at the town meeting held last week and the agreement offers are going to be met by the company.

Xstrata Coal spokesman James Rickards said that the company rejects claims it is trying to bluff the Federal Government or the community about the suspension. The project will remain on hold till the whole debate over the RSPT is resolved.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, web programming, design, animation, database and networking, software and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

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