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Xstrata to Resubmit Australia Coal Project Application

April 4 (Bloomberg) -- Xstrata Plc, the world’s biggest energy-coal exporter, will lodge an updated application for environmental approval to develop a coking coal and thermal coal mine in Queensland.

Xstrata will add a haul-road to its application, James Rickards, spokesman for the London-based company’s coal division, said by phone from Sydney. The application will be lodged again in the next two days, Rickards said.

Xstrata earlier withdrew its request, Australia’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities said on its website.

The Sarum Coal project, a joint venture with Itochu Coal Resources Australia Pty Ltd., ICRA NCA Pty Ltd. and Sumisho Coal Australia Pty Ltd., would produce coal from 2013-14 for a total of 250 million metric tons over a mine life of 22 years, according to the government notice.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elisabeth Behrmann in Sydney at ebehrmann1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Victoria Batchelor at vbatchelor@bloomberg.net

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