Australia’s Whitehaven Coal output falls on labour crunch

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The logo of Australia's biggest independent coal miner Whitehaven Coal Ltd is displayed on their office building located in the north-western New South Wales town of Gunnedah in Australia

(Reuters) – Australia’s Whitehaven Coal Ltd reported a 5% drop in third-quarter production on Wednesday as adverse weather and a labour shortage worsened by COVID-19 dented output.

The country’s largest independent coal miner said managed run-of-mine coal production came in at 5.2 million tonnes (Mt) for the three months to March 31, compared with 5.5 Mt a year ago.

(Reporting by Harshita Swaminathan and Jaskiran Singh; Editing by Aditya Soni)