Source - SMW
South32 has announced that it withdrew its Appin workforce from the mine as a precautionary measure, on 28 June.

Subsequently, the Company has confirmed that there was no gas exceedance or breach of gas limits.

S32 said it notified the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment (the Regulator) of the details of the withdrawal and that the Regulator then issued a prohibition notice and expressed broader concern regarding the recent gas exceedance events and the operating practices of the Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operation.

In today's statement, the Company added:

"Safety is a core value and we are working, together with the Regulator, to address these issues.

"Separately, we confirm that the Dendrobium mine remains in operation and that production guidance for FY17 remains on track with Illawarra Metallurgical Coal having produced 7.05Mt (sales 7.32Mt) to 28 June 2017. Consistent with past practice, we will provide production guidance for FY18 when we report our financial results on 24 August 2017."

At 1:02pm: (LON:S32) South32 Limited share price was +2.63p at 163.88p