Queensland sets coal export record

<p>Queensland’s coal industry exported a record 134.6m tonnes of coal during the 2003 calendar year &#8211 up by 9.3m tonnes from 2002&#8211 state mines minister Stephen Robertson said.</p> <p>Exports to Japan increased 12.65% and exports to Europe grew 16.9% over the same period.</p> <p>Coking coal exports increased by 6m tonnes to 90.3m tonnes and thermal coal was up 3.3m tonnes to 44.5m tonnes.</p> <p>Queensland had 41 operating mines at the end of 2003, 31 open cut and 10 underground. </p> <br />