Coal Mining News

The rise and fall of the two biggest draglines ever built

Watch this documentary about two of the biggest draglines ever built. The Captain was the first of the big draglines, built by Marion Power Shovel for the Captain Mine in Illinois. It was then rivalled by the Big Muskie, owned by the Central Ohio Coal Company.

Australian carbon tax will hold back export industries – Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is disappointed with the Australian government's carbon tax proposal, warning it will inevitably hinder investment and jobs growth in Australia without reducing global carbon emissions. Rio Tinto believes the government's carbon tax will undermine Australia's international competitiveness and hurt the nation's export competing industries.

Shenhua Energy H1 coal sales up by 39pct YoY

It is reported that China Shenhua Energy, the largest coal producer in China recorded a 39.2%YoY rise in coal sales to 191 million tonnes in the first half. During the same period, coal output increased 28.6%YoY to 140 million tonnes

Grande Cache Coal Corporation provides operational update

Grande Cache Coal Corporation announced that it has received the amended mine permit and a new mine licence from the Alberta Energy and Resource Conservation Board necessary to commence development of its new No 12 South B2 underground operation.

Coal camp baseball field being restored

Legend would say there was little fun about working in the coal mines in the early part of last century. Much of what fun there was revolved around baseball.

Ga. Power says it can't meet EPA deadline

Georgia Power said it cant meet a five-month deadline imposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to cap and regulate two major pollutants from its coal-fired power plants. The default could mean customers end up paying more money.

Massey Energy's man-made hell hole

Republicans and a few coal-state Democrats have cynically blocked passage of tougher mine safety laws that would stop the murderous greed of coal profiteers.

Calculating costs of the carbon tax

There are opportunities in a de-carbonised economy - but even offset and renewable energy stocks have their drawbacks. For all the angst the tax on carbon is causing Julia Gillard, how ironic that's not what it actually is.

Santos says skills shortage yet to hit

David Knox, Santos chief executive, says the expected skills shortage has not yet affected his company. Picture: Calum Robertson Source: News Limited SANTOS chief executive David Knox, whose company is building one of the three $15 billion-plus coal-seam

Eight people detained over coal mine fire that traps 28 miners in east China

Police have detained eight people in east China's Shandong Province in connection with a coal mine fire that has trapped 28 miners for more than two weeks, local authorities said Saturday. A total of 91 people were working underground in the Fangbei Coal Mine in the province's city of Zaozhuang on July 6 when an air compression device located in a parking lot 255 meters underground caught fire.

Worker for BHP killed in collision

A BHP Billiton New Mexico Coal employee was killed Thursday after she was struck by a contractor service truck on Bureau of Indian Affairs Road 5003, authorities said. Company officials would not release her name.

Sunflower coal plant gets break from state on new pollution laws

The controversial Sunflower coal plant in western Kansas may have caught a break Thursday when the state gave it an unusual extension on its construction permit. The state order means the proposed power plant apparently will not have to face new and stricter pollution laws when the utility finally breaks ground.

China's coal imports drop in first half

China's coal imports dropped 11.8 percent in the first half of the year to 70.49 million tonnes while exports also fell 13.7 percent to 8.75 million tonnes. During the period, the nation recorded a net import of 61.74 million tonnes of coal. The figure fell 11.5 percent year-on-year amid surging international coal prices, according to figures released Friday by the China National Coal Association.

Coal exploration fears

Two weeks after the State Government ordered the permanent closure of an underground coal gasification (UCG) project at Kingaroy, information has emerged revealing UCG company Linc Energy lodged permits to conduct coal exploration projects at several sites across the North West.

Combet says strong future for Qld coal

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has promised that Queensland coal mines will be compensated for losses caused by a carbon tax, saying pollution intensive areas like Gladstone will receive significant compensation.

Canadian exploration and deposit expenditure expected to increase

Canada’s mining industry continues to rally from the recent global recession, with this year’s production currently exceeding that of 2010, reports government department Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

JSW Energy delays power-project expansion on high coal costs

JSW Energy Ltd., the Indian power producer controlled by the billionaire Jindal family, delayed expansion of an electricity project because of high coal costs. The company will shelve a planned 3,200-megawatt expansion at a plant in Ratnagiri in the western state of Maharashtra as it waits for coal-pricing “clarity” from Indonesia and Australia, Chief Executive Officer Lalit Kumar Gupta said in an interview in Mumbai yesterday.

Indonesia green power steams ahead as economy booms

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia can't get enough power to feed its booming economy and fortunately for Mochamad Sofyan, investors are lining up to invest billions of dollars in the country's growing green power sector. Sofyan, head of the new and renewable

Electricity demand still growing in China

The demand for electricity continues to grow in China as surging economic growth creates a rising middle-class. With the largest population in the world, naturally the growing number of middle-class Chinese consume more energy.

BHP’s Escondida workers strike as coal miners prepare for action

Workers at BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP)’s Escondida copper mine, the world’s biggest, began striking as coal miners at the company’s Australian operations prepared to escalate industrial action. The strike by all union members at the northern Chilean mine began at 8 p.m. New York time yesterday with the changing of a shift and will run through to 8 p.m. today, which may lead to about 3,000 metric tons of lost copper production, union leader Jose Vidal said by telephone. Image of BHP's Escondida mine is by BHP Billiton.

Feasibility study launched for 200,000 tpa coking coal facility in Colombia

A project by Colombia Clean Power & Fuels Inc. to build a 200,000 tpa coking coal facility in Colombia has been given the green light by a Chinese consultancy firm. Chief Operating Officer Graham Chapman spoke to on Wednesday. Listen to the podcast.

Bloomberg sacrifices 0.2% of his fortune to fight big coal

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg who has a personal fortune of some $18 billion joined with the environmental lobby group Sierra Club on Thursday in a $50 million, four-year plan to cut one-third of US coal-fired power plants. "If we are going to get serious about reducing our carbon footprint in the United States, we have to get serious about coal, " Bloomberg said. Rolling Stone reported that he was standing on a boat on the Potomac river not far from a 60-year old coal-fired power station to drive his message home.

Commodities rise after Greek plan details emerge

Financial markets — including commodities — surged after details from the highly-anticipated EU Summit were released. Germany's demand that private investors be a part of any Greek bailout, which will likely be considered a partial default by ratings agencies, seems to have been met.

SunCoke Energy prices IPO at $16/share, trades at $17 on opening day

SunCoke Energy, Inc. announced Thursday the pricing of the initial public offering of 11,600,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $16 per share. The shares began trading on Thursday, July 21, 2011, on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol, “SXC” and early on changed hands above $17.

Cliffs climbs to $103 despite production snafus

Cliffs Natural Resources’ plans to restart coal mining operations at its Pinnacle coal mine in West Virginia after a major setback with regulatory agencies turning down its remediation plan to address the carbon monoxide detected in the mine. The company had to shut down operations at the underground mine in late May after high levels of the poisonous gas were detected.