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BHP says to invest $845m in Australian coal

 SYDNEY: BHP Billiton , the world's largest miner, said on Friday it had approved an $845 million investment to establish a replacement mining area at the Appin Mine in Australia's New South Wales state.

The area will have a production capacity of 3.5 million tonnes per year of metallurgical coal from 2016, replacing production at the West Cliff Mine, BHP said in a statement.

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