Coal Mining News

Ultra-Dynamics supply Ultramoist microwave moisture monitor to Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group

Hunter Valley Coal Energy (a subsidiary of BHP Billiton) Excel Coal Limited (a subsidiary of Peabody Pacific) White Mining (a subsidiary of Felix Resources) Donaldson Coal Whitehaven Coal Mining Centennial Coal Company Two moisture

Appeals judge orders tougher mine safety rules

AP via Yahoo News (Feb 10, 2009) - A judge on Tuesday ordered the federal agency that regulates coal mining to strengthen rules designed to make the nation's 38,000 underground coal miners safer by creating better-trained rescue teams.

Potential increased coal recovery from technology that addresses economic and environmental waste impoundment issues

A $13 million cooperative effort with America’s Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) over the past seven years has resulted in the successful demonstration of a novel technology that addresses a problem plaguing coal operators and environmentalists alike: separating fine coal particles from water and their ultimate use as a significant energy [...]

The Changing Political Landscape in Washington and the Potential for the U.S. Coal Industry

With the election of President Obama and the Democrat Party taking control of the U.S. Congress, the country experienced a major shift. For the first time in more than a decade, one party controls the […]

President Bush promotes coal as a means toward energy independence

AP (August 1, 2008) - President Bush, in a speech to the West Virginia Coal Association, said that he's using his last six months in office to push new energy plans that include electricity from coal.

Plan may double Australia Newcastle coal exports

SYDNEY, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Exports from Australia's Newcastle coal port, the world's largest, could double under a state government expansion plan, Port Waratah Coal Services Pty, one of the operators at the port said […]

CIC Gains Momentum On Mmamabula Power, Coal Plans

Toronto-based CIC Energy is going forward with plans to build a coal mine and power station at its Mmamabula project, in Botswana.

RBCT Sees No Slowdown In Coal Exports

The quantity of coal exported from the world’s largest single coal terminal, the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), remains high despite declining coal prices.

Rio Tinto taps into new technology to cut emissions

Work is well advanced on a drilling programme at Rio Tinto’s Mount Thorley Warkworth coal mine in Australia in a pilot project that aims to reduce the impact of greenhouse gases released during mining. If successful, the A$5.5 million pilot project will provide learnings to support the reduction of Rio Tinto’s carbon footprint at Mount [...]

Vale Invests $250m In Mozambique Coal Mine

The world’s largest producer of iron ore, Vale, plans to invest US$250 million to restart the Moatize coal mine in Mozambique. Vale has been the concession holder on coal mining in Moatize since 2004, when it paid over US$123 million for the license. The company expects coal production to begin in 2010 and 2011. The reserves are estimated at 2.4 billion tons of coal, making the Moatize mine the largest in the country.

New IEA report predicts surge in global coal use

A new report released last week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that primary world energy demand will grow 45% by 2030 with global demand for coal increasing more than any other fuel source. […]

Indian coal mine selects Bucyrus coal haulers for underground operation

As we go to press with the December issue, including an article on coal clearance from the underground face, news comes that Singareni Collieries Co Ltd (SCCL) - jointly owned by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Government of India - has chosen two Bucyrus FBR-15 coal haulers for its GDK11a underground coal mine. This [...]

New IEA report predicts surge in global coal use

A new report released last week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that primary world energy demand will grow 45% by 2030 with global demand for coal increasing more than any other fuel source. IEA’s latest World Energy Outlook predicts that coal will be mined to meet more than a third of the predicted [...]

Coal efficiency set to get boost

The authorities aim to boost the efficient use of coal supplies by raising the average recovery rate of the resource in the country from about 30 percent currently to at least 50 percent by 2010, […]

NMA comments on Senator Obama’s coal policy

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today responded to comments Senator Obama reportedly made in a January 17 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.  In response to a question, the senator said […]

The World Coal Institute appoints new Chairman

The World Coal Institute (WCI) has appointed Dr Don Elder as its new Chairman. Elder was elected Chairman at the 48th WCI Board Meeting held in Brussels and succeeds Preston Chiaro. A Director of the WCI since 2003, Elder is Chief Executive Officer of Solid Energy New Zealand, New Zealand’s largest primary energy producer. Solid [...]

QMASTOR to deploy HorizonTM APS software to OneSteel Whyalla Mines and Export

The directors of QMASTOR Limited (ASX:QML) are pleased to announce the signing of a major contract with Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) for the provision of QMASTOR's Pit to Port.net, SMS3D.net and iFuse systems at […]

OSM announces final environmental impact statement for revised “Excess Spoil Minimization — Stream Buffer Zone” rule

America’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) has announced the availability of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) evaluating potential changes to the excess spoil and coal mine waste disposal rules as well as […]

China to speed up coal industry restructuring

China is urging local governments to speed up their coal industry restructuring and put small collieries under strict administration. The move was in response to the recent frequent mine accidents since October 1, said Ma […]

Wedge Wire Screens Successfully Coated With Tungsten Carbide

Oilville, VA – Solid Spray Technologies has successfully coated wedge wire screens with tungsten carbide for separating water and coal in coal preparation plants. Using their patented Stabilized Combustion HVAF process utilizing solid particle spray […]

OSM announces final environmental impact statement for revised “Excess Spoil Minimization — Stream Buffer Zone” rule

America’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) has announced the availability of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) evaluating potential changes to the excess spoil and coal mine waste disposal rules as well as the stream buffer zone rule. The final environmental impact statement provides decision makers with information about the impacts that could [...]

Angus Place Coal Mine to introduce Tracking with Lightweight Cap Lamps

Centennial Coal’s Angus Place Coal Mine near Lithgow, NSW is upgrading its cap lamps by changing over to the Integrated Communications Cap Lamp (ICCL). The 275 ICCL’s are configured to include PED Paging receiver to […]

Control of coal-fired mercury emissions

ADA-ES has formed Crowfoot Development, a joint venture with ECP and parent company of RREP, focused on the production of activated carbon (AC) for the mercury emissions control market for coal-fired power plants. RREP is building […]

Coal operators, unions criticize federal proposal to expand drug testing for coal miners

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) _ Labor unions and mine operators on Tuesday criticized proposed federal rules to expand drug testing to include more than 116,000 coal miners, asking for sweeping changes to the proposal or for […]

MINExpo reaffirms strength of mining industry

On the opening day of MINExpo INTERNATIONAL on Monday, senior mining executives described the state of the mining industry as positive both in the US and globally, as growth in the developing world continues to […]