In his first keynote address at the Brisbane CEDA event, Dalla Valle emphasized the dual importance of productivity and a high-performing culture to ensure long-term sustainable coal exports in Australia; BHP’s coal unit, he noted, includes 20 metal and energy coal operations across five countries.

“In 2013, we produced 154 million tons on a 100% basis,” he said. “We are the largest coal miner in Queensland and a major contributor to the Queensland economy;” investing $10 billion, while employing more than 7,000 at BHP’s Bowen Basin operations.

Meanwhile, “our business has equipment, technology, infrastructure, and expertise to operate mines more safely and efficiently than ever before,” he said. However, more is needed to “improve productivity and competitiveness of our mines.”