Talk:BHP Billiton's coal interests
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The company stated that its Bowen Basin assets are "well positioned to supply the seaborne market" because its mines produced "high-quality metallurgical coals, which are more efficient in blast furnace use", "the relatively low cost of production because of its extensive near-surface deposits" and the regions "geographical proximity to Asian customers." The company also stated that it has "access to key infrastructure, including a modern, integrated electric rail network and our own coal loading terminal at Hay Point, Mackay. This infrastructure enables us to maximise throughput and blending products from multiple mines to optimise the value of our production and satisfy customer requirements."
In a November 2007 presentation to investment analysts by the President of BHP Billiton Coal, Dave Murray stated that the company had an 8% share of the global coal export market, making it the equal second largest coal exporter in the world. (The largest exporter was Xstrata, with an 9% share. BHP Billiton was equal with the Indonesian coal exporter, Bumi Resources).
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- Dave Murray, "BHP Billiton Coal CSG Anlayst Visit: Hunter Valley Energy Coal", BHP Billiton, November 2nd, 2007.