Coal Mining News

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.

Wesfarmers mines recovering

Wesfarners has reported lower quarterly production at two of its three coal mines, but output at its Curragh operation in Queensland's Bowen Basin recovered strongly from flooding early this year.

Pre-Qualified Firms to Tender for Coal Power Projects

Eleven firms have been pre-qualified for a concession to manage the Mui Basin coal deposits in Kitui and construct coal-fired power plants as the government steps up efforts to reduce the country's reliance on hydro electricity. The investors, drawn from South Africa, Japan and China are expected to submit proposals to explore and develop the coal resources in four blocks covering an area of 500 square km in parts of Eastern Kenya.

BRIEF-Grande Cache Coal gives operations update

July 21 (Reuters) - Grande Cache Coal Corp: * Receives regulatory approval for New No. 12 South B2 underground operation and provides operational update * Says sold 0.39 million tonnes of coal during the three months ended June 30, 2011 * Says expects

Grande Cache Coal Corporation receives regulatory approval for new no. 12 south B2 underground operation and provides operational update

Grande Cache Coal Corporation (TSX:GCE) ("Grande Cache Coal" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that it has received the amended mine permit and a new mine licence from the Alberta Energy and Resource Conservation Board ("ERCB") necessary to commence development of its new No. 12 South B2 underground operation. The Corporation has been assembling the necessary equipment, support facilities and infrastructure required for the new mining area, which is accessed from a previously mined area on the property. CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 21, 2011) - Grande Cache Coal Corporation (TSX:GCE) ("Grande Cache Coal" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that it has received the amended mine permit and a new mine licence from the Alberta ...

New Zealand coal mine boss acknowledges problems

The boss of a New Zealand coal mine where 29 people died in an explosion last year has acknowledged the mine faced difficulties with finances, personnel and safety. In testimony this week at a formal inquiry into the methane-fueled disaster, Pike River

Coal-fired plants get some heat

Indiana ranks No. 6 for toxic pollution from power plants Written by [email protected] Filed Under Indiana's huge fleet of coal-fired power plants generates a massive amount of energy for homes, factories and stores but at a steep environmental

UM gets US grants for $1.2M coal power studies

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Michigan is one of nine universities getting funds under the University Turbine Systems Research Program, the Energy Department said. In all, they are to receive $4.7 million in federal money for the research. The grants to the

Gillard gutless, says coal protest

COAL seam gas protesters have accused the prime minister of being too gutless to talk to them about an industry they say is a threat to Australia's food security. Julia Gillard attended a community forum at Ipswich, southwest of Brisbane today, but avoided 30 rowdy protesters by going in and out a back door. Waving placards reading "Can't eat coal, can't drink gas", the protesters had hoped to pressure Ms Gillard over a moratorium on CSG projects until environmental effects are better understood.

Rio Tinto set for UK power plant sell-off

Rio Tinto is understood to be eyeing the potential sale of one of its UK power stations RIO Tinto is understood to be eyeing the potential sale of one of its UK power stations to German-owned energy giant RWE Npower, writes Philip Waller.

Prophecy Coal feels vulnerable, adopts defence against hostile takeover bids

The board of Prophecy Coal Corp. (TSXV:PCY) has adopted a defensive plan to give the company's shareholders time to assess any takeover bid and to give its directors time to consider alternatives.