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Lights out at Norwich
New BMA Asset president, but nothing new at Norwich Park
Wednesday 15 July 2015  

BMA has appointed its third Asset President in Central Queensland in as many years, as the challenging coal environment continues to take its toll on upper management.

American born Ragg Udd, will replace previous Asset President Lucas Dow who left the company suddenly last month after 17 years, amid speculation of a “culture clash” between he and BHP’s global coal president Mike Henry.

Mr Udd started with BHP in America, but was most recently in charge of BHP’s logistics and infrastructure in Western Australia.

In a meeting in Moranbah last week with Bowen Basin businesses and community representatives, Mr Udd indicated there would be no major changes to operations in the foreseeable future.

There has been persistent speculation among Dysart locals for most of this year, that a reopening of the Norwich Park mine in some capacity was scheduled to happen in the current financial year.

However despite a continuous flow of people on and off the site, one Dysart local told Shift Miner the reopening had yet to materialise.

“Things have gone very quiet out there, I mean there is still a constant flow of contractors coming, looking and leaving, but nothing seems to be happening at the moment,” he said.

“The only change I have noticed is that just last night I was driving past and noticed they had turned off all the lights, but that may have just been a temporary thing.”

In April this year  Shift Miner was told by two locals, that 350 rooms had been booked from July 1 to accommodate a workforce, and another business providing services to the mine said they were working towards that date as well.

However in a statement at the time, BMA told Shift Miner “there would be no restart of Norwich Park in the immediate future” although at the start of the year BHP did confirm that it was exploring opportunities for the site.

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