Coal Mining News

Australian PM hails coal miner takeover bid

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has hailed a takeover bid for a Queensland coal mine as proof her carbon price package won't kill off the sector. US energy giant Peabody Energy Corp is making a second tilt for Macarthur Coal within 14 months, this time through a $5 billion bid in tandem with the world's largest steel maker, ArcelorMittal.

Coal ministry urges speedy development of blocks

The Coal Ministry has warned Binani Cement, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) and other companies for the delay in developing the lignite and coal blocks allocated to them within specified time frame.

Staff shortages threaten Aussie miners

Chronic labour shortages in resource-rich Western Australia could put mining projects at risk, as the state struggles to plug a shortfall of skilled workers set to balloon to 150,000 by 2017, the region's jobs minister said on Monday.

Spectre of new Indian mining bill spooks coal producers and shareholders

A new Indian draft mining bill is causing concern among mining groups and their investors in one of the world's leading coal and iron ore producing countries. Accoring to India's Economic Times, shares in Coal India have fallen after news of the possibility of a new Mining and Mineral Development Regulation Bill emerged. 

Ministry's coal supply policy hits merchant power companies

The power ministry's preference for coal supply to generation projects that supply to state utilities under an agreement will affect merchant power capacity in the 12th Five-Year-Plan.

Carbon tax on coal hits NSW coffers hard

The New South Wales government will be hundreds of millions of dollars a year worse off after the federal carbon tax deal denied compensation to the state's mainly government-owned black coal power generators.

The chief executive of state-owned Solid Energy has talked critically of Pike River Coal

The chief executive of state-owned Solid Energy has talked critically of Pike River Coal at the Royal Commission of Inquiry this afternoon.

Australia to catch up with Europe as carbon tax details emerge

Australian businesses are reacting to the details of a new carbon tax which has been lauded by environmentalists as historic but condemned as economic madness by critics. Despite the criticism, analysts say Australia lags behind parts of the developed

German hard coal imports seen up 2-3 million tonnes in 2011

German imports of hard coal are likely to rise by between 2 and 3 million tonnes over last year's 45 million tonnes, importers said on Monday, citing steel industry demand and needs to replace nuclear power generation. "The increases will be relatively

New Zealand inquiry hears testimony into cause of coal mine explosion that killed 29 workers

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Financial pressures may have led a New Zealand coal mining operation to overextend itself before an explosion killed 29 workers last year, an energy executive testified Monday at an inquiry into the country's worst mine disaster

Peabody, ArcelorMittal bid $5 bln for Macarthur Coal

Peabody Energy has teamed up with ArcelorMittal to offer $5 billion for Australia's Macarthur Coal , the world's biggest producer of pulverised coal, as demand for steel-making raw materials intensifies. The cash offer of A$15.50 a share represents a 40-percent premium to Monday's close and comes just a day after Australia unveiled a plan to tax carbon emissions from the nation's worst polluters, or about 500 companies, including coal miners.

Aussie miners cry foul over carbon tax

Australia's powerful coal mining industry warned it was being unfairly singled out under the country's new carbon emissions trading scheme, predicting it will lead to job losses and fewer collieries at a time when buyers are paying top dollar for coal.

BRIEF-ADA-ES updates on refined coal activities

July 11 (Reuters) - ADA-ES Inc: * Provides update on refined coal activities * Says in their first year of operation, the two new facilities generated about $20 million in revenue * Says over the next nine years, these facilities are expected to generate

Zambia: Mining company seeks partners

Mining company, Sandulula Mining Ltd., is seeking technical and equity funding partners to develop mines in Zambia. Investment opportunity: Mining company, Sandulula Mining Ltd., is seeking technical and equity funding partners to develop mines in Zambia

Greens say carbon plan a win for SA

The Greens say South Australia will benefit from the $10 billion allocated to renewable energy projects as part of the federal government's carbon pricing scheme. But the party has conceded that as the state transitions to a clean energy future, towns that are largely supported by coal mining have a limited future. Image is from Billy Hathorn.

Coldry cleaner lignite processing technology ready for commercial launch

Brown coal has a relativelo low calorific value and a poor environmental reputation. The Coldry treatment process could help change this by converting it to a black coal equivalent. Since the signing of the Participants Agreement in July 2005 which gave

Gambling on investment in a risky climate

It?s now Carbon Monday and I want to add to my Carbon Sunday comment and to strip away the oceans of verbiage and concentrate on what appear to be four critical business strategic policy issues and assumptions. ? Julia Gillard assumes that China?s

Russia expects to increase coal production over next two decades

It is reported that at the 5th Coaltrans Russia and CIS conference held in Moscow, Russia annual coal production was discussed by analysts.

U.S. coal use up 4 pct from previous week-Genscape

U.S. coal consumption was up 4 percent in the past week, Genscape said, as power demand in the North surged over the Fourth of July weekend.� Use of coal for the week ended Thursday fell 4 percent from the same week in 2010, the power industry data

U.S. exports of coal on track for 19-year high

The United States is poised to export the most coal since 1992 this year, filling a gap created when flooding interrupted Australian supplies and buoying shipments for railroads such as Union Pacific and Jacksonville-based CSX.

S.Africa's June coal exports rise to 4.78 mln T

South Africa's coal exports from the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) rose to 4.78 million tonnes in June from 3.57 million the previous month, RBCT data showed. South Africa -- a major exporter of coal to power stations in Europe and Asia -- had 2.99

Letter to Times Colonist: More rules not the answer for mining

Calvin Sandborn and Maya Stano raise some valid concerns regarding the current mining boom and suggest that regulatory reform and making more laws will help ("Province failing in inspections and enforcement to protect environment," July 2). Unfortunately, they failed to relate the progressive approaches being taken by the mining industry to achieve environmental protection.

Australian coal industry predicts spate of mining closures

Australia's coalmining axis will shift to the north and west on the back of the Gillard government's carbon tax, according to industry leaders left frustrated by the plan revealed yesterday by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Despite unveiling a $1.264 billion assistance package for what it believes will be the worst-affected coal mines, the Gillard government was accused by the Australian Coal Association of wrongly anticipating where the tax pain would be felt.

Two rescued after week trapped in China mine (AFP)

Two workers were rescued on Sunday after being trapped for more than a week deep underground in a southern China mine collapse in which eight people died and 12 were still missing, state media reported.

Ministry denies allotment of coal blocks in recent past

The Indian Coal Ministry Saturday rejected as unfounded and baseless the allegations in regard to the allocation of coal blocks.