Coal Mining News

Mozambique approves new coal-fired power station

Australian coal producer Riversdale Mining has received environmental approval from Mozambique for the construction of its Benga power plant. The power station, which would be developed in two stages, would help meet increasing regional demand for

Hail Creek takes delivery of P&H electric mining shovel

P&H MinePro Services (Australasia) has delivered and commissioned a P&H 4100XPC electric mining shovel to Rio Tinto Coal Australia’s Hail Creek mine site…..more at wotnews

Milestone project demonstrates innovative mercury emissions reduction technology could help coal plants comply

An innovative technology that could potentially help some coal-based power generation facilities comply with anticipated new mercury emissions standards was successfully demonstrated in a recently concluded milestone project at a Michigan power plant. Under a co-operative agreement with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), WE Energies demonstrated the TOXECON process [...]

John Holland scoops up Isaac Plains contract

JOHN Holland has won a $A260 million mining contract from Aquila Resources and Vale for the Isaac Plains open cut coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin……more at International Longwall News

Coal expansion sees approval despite dispute

An expansion of a coal mine north of Wollongong has been granted approval after appeals against it have been dismissed in the Land and Environment Court….more at Australian Mining

Whitehaven Coal getting suite of communication and tracking products for new Narrabri North mine.

To cover safety and emergency mine communications, as well as day to day management requirements, Narrabri North is installing two main Mine Site Technologies’ communication infrastructures: the PED communication and emergency warning system and the ImPact Underground Digital Network. ICCL cap lamps, which are already in use at the mine, contain PED Text Receiver and [...]

EDMS on a roll

EVERY Day Mine Services is expecting to land a drilling contract with an unnamed “major miner in the Hunter Valley” in the next few months, after winning contracts with Xstrata Coal and Peabody Energy in […]

On the move in 2010

THE coal mining employment market is looking rosier in 2010 as new underground mines are developed and infrastructure projects boom, which is good news for employers on the lookout and employees getting itchy feet……more at […]

Kestrel pushes on

WITH two drifts, a ventilation shaft and earthworks well underway, the Kestrel mine extension team will this year concentrate on construction of an overland conveyor and preparation plant upgrade as the Rio Tinto expansion heads […]

Riversdale Mining gets go ahead for Mozambique coal project

Mozambique's government has granted permission for the Australian company to proceed with its $800m Benga coal project

US marks first 2010 coal death in Montana

JUST days into the new year, the first US coal mining death of 2010 has been recorded at the surface of Signal Peak Energy’s Bull Mountain underground operation in Montana……more at International Longwall News

Queensland coal mine colour codes HH220i high head pumps for quick unit identification

wet seasons highlighted the need for large volume high head pumps to remove the torrential rain from the mining operation as fast as possible. The open cut coal mine in Bowen Basin chose the Sykes HH220i as the ideal pump for the job,

US mines complete safest year ever

2009 was the safest year ever for American miners, according to official figures released this week by the US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Both coal mines and metal/non-metal mines recorded the fewest fatalities in the history of American mining in 2009. Total mine fatalities fell below the previous record set in 2008, and nearly [...]

Another China coal mine disaster kills at least 25

China is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for miners and its coal mines have a particularly bad safety record. The latest disaster has left 25 miners dead and three others still missing.

CRCMining wins coal R&D cash

THE Cooperative Research Centre for Mining has received $A1.05 million in grants from the Australian Coal Association Research Program……more at International Longwall News

China’s 2010 coal demand could rise 4%-6%, according to China Securities Journal

China, which is the world’s second-largest energy user, may consume between 4 and 6% more coal next year on continued economic growth, China Securities Journal said, reporting on a forecast from the China National Coal Association. Demand from the world’s biggest producer and consumer of coal could be about 3,400 Mt from this year, the newspaper [...]

CPE Mengdong Energy orders the well-tried Tenova TAKRAF SRs 2000 bucketwheel excavator

Tenova TAKRAF has won a turnkey contract for the supply of one SRs2000 bucketwheel excavator  for the coal mine extension operated by the Zhahanaoer branch of the CPE Mengdong Energy Group. The Zhahanaoer coalfield lies at the northwest end of Togliao city in China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous District. The open pit mine is situated on a [...]

Bold plans

NOT one for small ideas, Waratah Coal CEO Peter Lynch has a bold vision for the underground component of the China First project in the Galilee Basin – four longwalls each producing 9 million tonnes […]

Feds are now the real enemy in Appalachian coal wars

The coal wars in Appalachia could eventually alter the definitions and regulation of mine waste for both coal and hardrock mining companies, coal mining attorney Robert McCluskey suggests.

Birds, drug trafficking, illegal immigration, federal dumping among U.S. uranium challenges

If you hunt sage grouse, get stoned, hire undocumented workers, mine Powder River Basin coal, or dump stockpiled uranium on world markets, you may be contributing to the burdens faced by U.S. uranium producers.

US mining executives see the coal market slowly rebounding

Coal demand and prices are moving upwards but inventories at US power stations are still higher than normal

Leighton new kid on processing block

THE Australian coal processing market has itself a new player with Leighton Mining today announcing it has teamed up with DRA Pacific to offer design, construction, operation and maintenance of coal handling and processing plants……more […]

Whitehaven buys 300-m Bucyrus longwall capable of retrofit to LTCC

Bucyrus will supply Whitehaven Coal's North Narrabri mine with a 300-meter longwall with a capacity of 8 million tonnes per year. A special feature of the 146 Bucyrus roof supports is that they can be retrofitted for Longwall Top Coal Caving (LTCC) at a later date.

Haulmax targets new product at the international coal market

Haulmax has released a large capacity rear dump body for its 3900 Series, designed for hauling light materials. At a capacity of 90 m³, the body incorporates a scissor tailgate assembly to ensure material retention over extended haulage distances. The new size complements the standard 50 m³ and 38.5 m³ rear dump bodies. Haulmax says “the ribless [...]

Wesfarmers Curragh wins national export award

QUEENSLAND coal mining company Wesfarmers Curragh has taken top honours in the Minerals and Energy category at the 47th Australian Export Awards held last Friday at Parliament House in Canberra…..more at Coal Mining