Coal Mining News

Monitoring methane and carbon monoxide in Norwegian coal mine

Trolex’s STX3241 and STX3261 toxic and flammable gas detectors and TX5920 Vortex Air Flow Sensors have been used to monitor methane, carbon monoxide and air flow at the Svea Nord coal mine in Norway. The sensors have a high strength moulded housing sealed against dust and moisture to IP65 standard and EMC protection, making the [...]

AK Steel coke plant receives safety award

AK Steel's coke plant in Ashland, Ky. has received the Max Eward Safety Award from the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute.

Arch Coal sues EPA over veto of W.Va. mine permit

A subsidiary of mining giant Arch Coal Inc. sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the planned veto of a water quality permit for West Virginia's largest surface mine.

China coal mine rescue 'miracle' – 114 miners saved

Rescuers have saved 114 miners from a flooded coal mine under development after a week - and are still looking for another 39.

EPA guidance for coal mining permits impacts jobs and economic activity throughout Appalachia

“America’s coal mining communities are deeply concerned by the impact of policy announced by EPA on coal mining permits, employment and economic activity throughout Appalachia. This is a sweeping regulatory action that affects not only all coal mining in the region, but also other activities with the potential to impact Appalachian stream quality, according to EPA [...]

AECOM wins Kestrel mine extension contract

International Longwall News reports that AECOM Technology Corporation has won a $US12 million design contract from Rio Tinto Coal Australia as part of its Kestrel mine extension project in Queensland….more at International Longwall News

Inhalable dust raises health concerns for coal miners

International Longwall News reports that THERE is an alarming and increasing level of dust being ingested by coal miners in New South Wales, potentially leading to long-term health problems….more at International Longwall News

EPA veto of Spruce No. 1 coal mine water permit – a ban too far?

Mountaintop removal coal mining continues to raise controversy in the US. The latest row started last Friday when the EPA announced its proposal under the Clean Water Act to significantly restrict or prohibit mountain top mining at the Spruce No. 1 surface mine in Logan County, West Virginia. Spruce No.1 mine is one of the [...]

Moolarben to tap into Ulan water

International Longwall News YANCOAL Australia plans to amend the stage 1 development of its Moolarben project in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales to establish a dewatering borefield in preparation for longwall mining […]

Double contract win for Finning Canada

Finning International has announced that its Canadian division has been awarded a renewal of its current lease agreement with Teck Coal Ltd

Rescue crews search for 153 workers trapped in Chinese coal project flooding accident

For the second time this month, workers are trapped underground as a result of accidental flooding in state-sanctioned Chinese coal projects now under construction.

NLT NetPort-able IS Node Receives Approval by MSHA (Mine Safety and Heath Authority) in the US for Safe Use in Coal Mines

Toronto, Canada – NL Technologies (NLT) announces the approval by MSHA for the newest addition to their IS approved family of Wi-Fi access points and network client devices supporting communications and tracking solutions for US […]

Tenova TAKRAF refurbishes bucket wheel excavator for Kosovan coal mine

Tenova TAKRAF has refurbished an SR 1300 large bucket wheel excavator that was built more than 27 years ago by the company. Work was carried out on time and in budget and the machine is […]

Big hurdles still before China

International Longwall News reports that THE Chinese steel industry still needs to overcome some big structural demand hurdles and while the supply side can still surprise on the upside, demand is questionable, according to London-based […]

Gladstone coal terminal move is welcome

International Longwall News reports that A DRAFT decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to close the Gladstone coal terminal is welcome and expected, industry insiders have told International Longwall News….more at International Longwall […]

Next step for Wongawilli’s Nebo longwalls

International Longwall News rep0rts that NEW South Wales coking coal producer Gujarat NRE Minerals is awaiting federal environmental approval to kick off the small Nebo longwalls at its Wongawilli operation southwest of Wollongong….more at International […]

Emerging Markets on Buying Spree

It’s getting to be common news for a Chinese company (usually with links to the government) to buy a foreign commodities producer to secure supplies of coal, oil, iron ore and other assets to fulfill […]

Arch invests in technologies to improve coal use and cut emissions

Arch Coal plans to invest $3.0 million in ADA to fund near-term growth opportunities. ADA has been successful at developing technologies that improve the performance of coals from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin (PRB). In addition to flue gas conditioning chemicals used to aid in the collection of ash from PRB coals, it also developed a [...]

Sustainable development of coal seam gas projects

Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), an engineering and project delivery firm, says an upfront investment in environmentally and socially sensitive design is likely to pay dividends for the coal seam gas (CSG) sector. SKM: “CSG is an important growth industry for Australia and Asia, particularly China, India, and Indonesia. It has the potential to underpin significant [...]

Coal Handling Reclaiming : The mobile hopper solution

Telestack Limited continue to excel in providing innovative mobile coal handling solutions to its worldwide customer base. Telestack mobile materials handling systems are built to last, combining strength with the highest quality components available on […]

Fletcher Beam Setter increases slope development safety in coal mines

After hearing a request from a safety-conscious customer, the Engineering Department at J. H. Fletcher & Co. has developed a machine that dramatically increases worker safety during mine slope beam installations. It eliminates much of the need for heavy lifting and awkward reaching that can result in injury. In the past, workers hefted large beam [...]

Emerging Markets on Buying Spree

It’s getting to be common news for a Chinese company (usually with links to the government) to buy a foreign commodities producer to secure supplies of coal, oil, iron ore and other assets to fulfill […]

Treating acid mine drainage from past coal mining activities

Skelly and Loy has designed and permitted the first acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment system in the Blacklegs Creek Watershed in southern Indiana County. It is designed to reduce iron and acidity loading of the Kolb discharges and consists of a wet seal to capture the underground mine discharge, piping network, innovative aeration system and [...]

Largest mining motor in the world on Joy AFC for Xstrata Coal in Australia

ATB Morley says the 11 kV motor it recently supplied to Xstrata Coal “is the very first of its kind; historically most large electrical motors supplied for underground coal mining have been manufactured suitable for a maximum voltage of 3,300 V. [This] motor weighing in at 10 t currently stands as the largest underground mining [...]

Coal shipments restart at Australia's Dalrymple terminal

The terminal was closed last week ahead of a cyclone hitting the eastern coast of the country