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Solid Energy suspends underground operations

25 November 2010

Solid Energy suspends underground operations as mark of respect

Solid Energy has suspended its underground operations at Spring Creek Mine, near Greymouth and Huntly East Mine, in the Waikato, as a mark of respect for the 29 Pike River miners and their families.

Solid Energy Chief Executive Officer, Dr Don Elder, says that everyone at Solid Energy has been devastated by this tragedy. “We extend our deepest sympathy and support for the miners’ families and for all our colleagues and communities on the West Coast.”

Spring Creek and Huntly East Mines are planning to resume operations tomorrow morning. The offices of both operations will remain open as a place for staff to gather with colleagues. A small number of staff will remain on site at both operations to maintain critical services.

A number of specialist Solid Energy staff are still involved in supporting activities on the West Coast, including Spring Creek and Huntly East staff who are members of the Mines Rescue service.

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