Coal Mining News

SA braces for massive coal strike

About 150 000 South African coal workers seeking 14% wage increases plan to walk off the job from Sunday in a strike that could dent exports and hurt power supplies in Africa's largest economy. Hundreds of thousands of union workers have downed tools in recent weeks, or are threatening to do so, seeking raises double or triple the 5% inflation rate in the mid-year bargaining session known locally as "strike season".

Xstrata buys cattle farm for coal mine

A large Queensland pastoral farm used for wagyu cattle breeding is set to become a coal mine after Australian Agricultural Company (AAC) agreed to sell a property to mining company Xstrata. The global miner will pay $21.6 million cash for the 17,474-hectare Meteor Downs property without any cattle or machinery. Image is from Cyrille BERNIZET

External recruiters in BHP plans despite email scam

BHP Billiton will continue to source workers through external agencies despite a recent legal stoush over a rogue employment scam. The mining giant was forced to take legal action through an arm of the United Nations earlier this year to combat a scam

New coal terminals for Mozambique

Construction work on a coal terminal at the northern Mozambican port of Nacala is to begin in July. Sources in Mozambique have revealed that Brazilian firm Vale, which will be one of the main beneficiaries of the new facility, has awarded a contract to Zagope of Portugal to develop the terminal.

Coal India not afraid of losing monopoly: Jha

Brushing off fears that commercial mining in coal sector may erode its monopoly and profitability, Coal India (CIL) today said it was geared up to face the challenge and would welcome any such move to open up the sector for private investment.

Meralco acquires 52 pct share of Subic coal plant

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), the country’s largest distributor of electrical power, marked its reentry into the power-generation industry on Friday by acquiring a controlling interest in the $1.28-billion coal-fired thermal

Mongolia’s prized coal draws outsiders

Overlooking a deep black gash in the Gobi desert, Od Jambaljamts watched Caterpillar trucks rumble across the rim of the world’s biggest undeveloped coal deposit. He mused on Mongolia’s good fortune to have the world’s most voracious consumer of

Coal shortages likely to hurt power sector

Acute coal shortage could adversely impact the fast-growing power sector, which is expected to see a capacity addition of up to 1,00,000 MW during the 2012-17 period, according to industry body CII.

Soon half of India's power from private sector: Power Minister

Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has promised reform and an enabling policy environment that will ensure half of India's electricity is generated and distributed by private players, complementing state-run utilities.

Germany to fund new coal plants with climate change fund cash

It is reported that the German government wants to encourage the construction of new coal and gas power plants with millions of euros from a fund for promoting clean energy and combating climate change. As per report, the plan has come under stiff

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.