Coal Mining News

Methane capture – Trolex looks at the implications, Industrea sells more to China

The advance of methane recovery monitoring equipment technology is helping companies improve safety and generate new revenue. Phil McLean, Senior Engineer at gas sensing specialist Trolex explains the opportunities ahead. Underground mines are the single largest source of coal mine methane (CMM) emissions in most countries, although CMM is also produced from surface mines and [...]

Arch Coal Building Colo Plant To Remove Impurities

Arch Coal Inc. says it will build a plant at a western Colorado mine to remove impurities that have contributed to a production slowdown and layoffs.

Bucyrus longwall for Bogdanka coal

Crushing & Conveying     Bucyrus has won a contract to deliver a complete, automated plow longwall to Polish mine operator Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka SA for its Bogdanka coal mine in Puchaczów. Bogdanka is one of […]

Bucyrus longwall for Bogdanka coal

Bucyrus has won a contract to deliver a complete, automated plow longwall to Polish mine operator Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka SA for its Bogdanka coal mine in Puchaczów.

Fuel cells for underground vehicles – progress is being made

One of the articles in IM’s forthcoming September issue looks at fuel cells vehicles for underground mines, and mentions the Fuelcell Propulsion Institute (www.fuelcellpropulsion.org). A government-industry consortium - the Mine Safety and Health Administration, United Mine Workers of America, a fuelcell-vehicle developer, safety consultancy, and a coal company - are developing and will demonstrate a zero-emission, fuelcell-powered [...]

New US labour-backed study supports economic, energy benefits of coal

A new study backed by major labour unions concluded that clean coal technologies can help usher in a US economic boon, boost the nation’s energy security and successfully manage carbon dioxide emissions. The study, Employment and Other Economic Benefits from Advanced Coal Electric Generation with Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies, found that building up to [...]

Xstrata ramps up development

Blair Price Wednesday, 5 August 2009 XSTRATA has started the surface mini build of longwall equipment at its upcoming Blakefield South mine, continuing coal project development despite a 39% year-on-year drop in revenue for the […]

Talbot named dealer of the year

Colin Jacoby Thursday, 6 August 2009 QUEENSLAND coal mining magnate and former Macarthur Coal chief Ken Talbot has taken out the Dealer of the Year award at a packed gala dinner on the last night […]

First quarter coal market and Euracoal’s outlook for the future

Euracoal reports that for the first time in many years, the world market for hard coal fell by some 8 % during the first quarter 2009. This latest Euracoal (http://www.euracoal.org/) report arrived too late for International Mining’s August article on the global coal industry, which is about to be published. Steam coal was 140.1 Mt, [...]

Bucyrus unveils new diesel-powered carrier

BUCYRUS has boosted its Vers-A-Trac 650 range of roof support carriers, releasing the diesel-powered VT650D for the US coal industry……more at International Longwall News

Coalworks gets WoodMac onboard

EXPLORER Coalworks has appointed Wood Mackenzie to undertake price and market assessments of the thermal coal from its Oaklands North project in southern New South Wales……more at International Longwall News

Two Kentucky accidents injure 10

A PAIR of incidents at coal mines in Kentucky last Thursday left eight men injured at a Muhlenberg County underground mine and two hurt at a Floyd County highwall operation……more at International Longwall News

Runge appoints Hal Morris to mine-d NSW operations

RUNGE has appointed Hal Morris as a General Manager for its NSW operations.The global mining technology services company says that Morris will be responsible for the overall leadership, tactical and day-to-day operational management for Runge […]

Brown to Promote Wind, Clean Coal to Curb U.K.’s Gas Dependence

July 14 (Bloomberg) — The U.K., more reliant on natural gas than any country in Western Europe, will try to persuade utilities to build more wind parks and carbon-free coal plants….more at Bloomberg.com

Bucyrus Takes State-Based Automation to New Level

Bucyrus provides automation that achieves optimal operation under all mining conditions by taking coal clearance and roof supports into account.

China Shenhua to invest 36 bln yuan in Xinjiang to expand coal capacity

People's Daily (July 6, 2009) - China's Shenhua Group is expected to invest 36 billion yuan (5.27 billion U.S. dollars) over the five years to expand coal production capacity in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, a company executive said Saturday.

Cat 785C mining trucks delivered to Mongolia

In early March, two Cat® 785C mining trucks reached the boarder of Mongolia after having travelled through the United States, Pacific Ocean and China. Though the trucks had already travelled thousands of kilometres, it was the last 650 km that made the delivery of these trucks to, mining company, Energy Resources’ Ukhaakhudag coal mining project [...]

NLT nodes get nod at Newlands

TRIALS of NLT’s new communication technology at Xstrata’s Newlands underground coal mine in April this year have achieved impressive results and put the company on the fast-track to releasing the technology to the wider industry……more […]

Blair Athol chooses Maptek™ 3D Scanning technology

Blair Athol Mine has chosen Maptek™ I-Site™ 4400LR laser scanning technology for survey applications. The coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin is the 5th Rio Tinto site on the East Coast of Australia to adopt […]

Coal miners are not taking water out of farmers’ mouths

AUSTRALIAN Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures show the New South Wales coal sector used 39,000 megalitres of water for the 2004-2005 financial year…more at Coal Mining

USGS reports on non-fuel mining in the US

The US Geological Survey (USGS) recently published its annual report of mining and quarrying trends in the US, Mining & Quarrying Trends, 2007 covers 58 non-fuel mineral commodities produced in the U.S., excluding coal, petroleum coke and related products. It found that total domestic mining and waste removal for non-fuel mineral materials production amounted to 5,351 [...]

Safety round table starts looking underground

THE Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table, initially set up to establish design philosophies for the designers of surface operation equipment, has formed an underground coal and soft rock technical group……more at International Longwall News

Simtars to show China how it is done

QUEENSLAND’S Safety in Mines Testing and Research Station will manage a new mine safety demonstration project in China, opening up export opportunities as the country continues to overhaul its coal industry….more at International Longwall News

Illawarra to overhaul CPP

ILLAWARRA Coal is planning to invest $A45 million to upgrade the coal preparation plant used by its Appin and West Cliff mines in the Southern Coalfields of New South Wales….more at International Longwall News

Work begins on trailblazing coal-fired power station in the US

Fluor has been selected to begin limited engineering for Tenaska’s Trailblazer Energy Center, a supercritical coal-fired plant development equipped with carbon capture technology in Sweetwater, Texas. The proposed facility is expected to be the first conventional commercial coal-fuelled power plant in the US to produce electricity while being designed to capture 85% to 90% of the [...]