Coal Mining News

Converting low rank coal/lignite into valuable commodities

A pilot plant to prove that the underground coal to liquids (UCTLTM) process can convert low rank brown coal/lignite into valuable commodities is set to be commissioned this month. Owner of the plant, Regal Resources’ first focus of the testing program will be on placing samples within the test vessel and exposing them to the [...]

IZ-KARTEKS ships shovel to Mongolian mine

IZ-KARTEKS, part of the OMZ Group, has manufactured and shipped an EKG-10 shovel equipped with a 13m3 bucket to Baganuur, the largest coal strip mine in Mongolia

EPA Makes Announcement on Two Proposed Mountaintop Mines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced what it called “a path forward” on permits for two mountaintop coal mining operations in West Virginia during early January….more at Coal Age

Getting methane monitoring right

As reported by International Longwall News – A NEW methane monitoring system has opened up many opportunities for underground coal mines to effectively and profitably use methane typically released harmfully into the atmosphere…International Longwall News

New tool opens gate to collision avoidance

As reported by International Longwall News – AN online mine safety tool that could help reduce the number of collision incidents in underground coal mines is being developed……International Longwall News

The fortunes of iron ore and its many good bedmates

The broad, heavy, heave continues towards integrated steelmakers, and upstream to iron ore, coking coal, manganese, nickel, and even molybdenum and cobalt.

Australian coal projects threaten agricultural land

Farmers say planned mines could damage water aquifiers that sustain the Gunnedah Basin

Automated gas detector management with iNet

As reported by International Longwall News – AS evidenced just this week at Patriot Coal’s Federal operation in West Virginia, gas issues remain a primary concern for the coal industry. Industrial Scientific discussed gas-monitoring solutions […]

Bucyrus boosts earnings

BUCYRUS has increased net earnings 24% year-on-year in 2009 to $US313 million despite the global financial crisis, while the major OEM is expecting more weakness in the US coal industry, along with higher coking coal […]

Officials working to contain Kentucky slurry spill

DETAILS are still coming in after a coal slurry spill at a Massey Energy complex in Kentucky on Tuesday…..more at International Longwall News

Shifts policy under Qld govt review

UNION efforts closed down all nine BHP Mitsubishi Alliance coal mines on Tuesday for half a day, drawing attention to the company’s recent moves to push the maximum shift length from 12 to 14 hours……more […]

Gas explosion kills 17 Turkish mineworkers

Turkish television reported that an explosion in a coal mine in northwest Turkey, killed 17 but, 28 workers were pulled out of the rubble alive

Komatsu earthmoving fleet hits coal goals

A $90 million fleet of Komatsu mining equipment, delivered to Macarthur Coal’s Moorvale mine in central Queensland in late 2008, has helped the mine achieve record production levels as it bounces back from the effects of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). The fleet consists of two PC5500 excavators, ten 830E dump trucks and three D475A-5 [...]

B.C. mining, drilling ban a done deal

Backed by the words “Partnering to Protect Our Shared Environment,” Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell signed an agreement that bans mining and coal and gas development in the transboundary Flathead […]

Mountaintop Removal Mining: Why There’s No Such Thing as 'Clean Coal'

Today, bloggers all over the internet are pulling together for a Social Media Day of Action. Here are the deets, according to the organizers at the Rainforest Action Network: JP Morgan Chase is the largest […]

Widows of Pasta de Conchos Mexico mining disaster sue in U.S. District Court

Four years ago today, 65 Mexican miners perished at the Pasta de Conchos coal mine in a powerful methane gas explosion. Three of their widows have sued Grupo Mexico claiming negligence.

DTEK Commissions New Rock Handling Scheme at Stepnaya Mine

DTEK’s Pavlogradugol, the largest coal mining company in the Ukraine, has commissioned a new rock handling scheme at Block # 2 at its Stepnaya mine. DTEK has invested UAH47.8m (approximately USD 6 million) into its […]

"Jack of All Trades" Wheeled Loader

Independent ready mixed concrete and aggregates supplier Tor Multimix Ltd of Glastonbury has taken delivery of a Liebherr L 514 PK Stereo wheeled loading shovel, which is already proving to be a welcome addition to […]

Marsh launches EMEA Construction Consulting Practice

Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk adviser, today launches a specialist Construction Consulting Practice to provide dispute resolution, risk advisory, and audit services to the construction and engineering industries across Europe, the Middle […]

Self Leveling Wet Drum Separators Ideal for Fluctuating Feed Rates and Volumes

Five self leveling wet drum separators have been commissioned at New Clydesdale Coal by Multotec Magnetics, and are achieving 99.1 % efficiency at this Exxaro mine which exports 95% of its coal product…..more at MEIOnline

Out and about in Wollongong

COAL 2010 finished up on Friday with strong attendance from the coal industry. Check out who ILN captured at the event……more at International Longwall News

Roof fall hits Vale results

VALE’S Integra Underground operation lost more than half of its typical metallurgical coal production in the December quarter due to a large roof fall, while Carborough Downs is getting ready to go full steam into […]

Blackwater line back to full operation

THE second line of the Blackwater rail corridor in Queensland is expected to reopen today after a Pacific National coal train derailed between Wycarbah and Warren more than a week ago……more at International Longwall News

Joy Takes Shuttle Car Suspension to a New Level

Joy Mining Machinery heralds yet another breakthrough in underground wheeled haulage technology with the development of the “next generation” in shuttle car suspension—Joyride, one of the industry’s most advanced four-wheel independent suspension systems…..more a Coal […]

Byrd Berates Coal Industry for 'Fear Mongering'

In a recent Opinion Piece, “Coal Must Embrace the Future,” Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., berated the coal industry in a statement for fear mongering, grandstanding and outrage as a strategy. Coal has a future, […]