Coal Mining News

Envious alignment

MINING alignment lasers for underground coal mines have gone green. Laser Tools Co has broadened its line of Industrial Laser Systems to include the new Green Laser Technology developed for long-distance alignment, positioning, marking and […]

Sedgman secures Sonoma contract

SEDGMAN has won a $A9 million contract to design and construct an upgrade of the Sonoma mine's coal processing plant in Queensland…more at Internationa Longwall News

Coal stocks up on M&A speculation

AS Noble Group's $A7 a share bid woos Gloucester directors, pushing the company's share price up 17.8% yesterday, International Longwall News investigates whether there is more merger and acquisition activity on the cards…more at International […]

QMASTOR Secures Major Contract in the USA

Thursday 21st May 2009 The Directors of QMASTOR Limited (ASX: QML) are pleased to announce the signing of contracts with Jim Walter Resources for the provision of its Pit to, Horizon APS and iFuse […]

Well project tests storage of carbon dioxide

PATESVILLE, Ky. -- Drillers have bored nearly 4,000 feet below the green pastures of a Hancock County farm as part of a project that could hold a key to the future of coal in Kentucky.

Monadelphous bags new contracts

ENGINEERING firm Monadelphous Group has been awarded coal, alumina and iron ore contracts worth a combined $A100 million….more at International Longwall News

China trade bigger than expected

ANALYSIS of international trade data has unveiled a bigger rise in China's coking coal imports than that seen in the nation's official figures, according to Macquarie Research….more at International Longwall News

Longwall shutdown best practice

AS THE ongoing global financial crisis lingers and coal companies adjust to weaker markets, Australian Longwall Magazine looks at what is required to shut down a longwall mine or place it on care and maintenance…..more […]

ACA fights back union and CPRS

THE Australian Coal Association is meeting with Climate Change parliamentary secretary Greg Combet tomorrow morning to seek changes to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, while a union heavyweight has criticised lobbying from the coal industry…..more […]

Korean utilities target cheaper coal

SOUTH Korea's five power companies are reportedly going to jointly launch coal contract talks with Chinese thermal coal producers to cut contracted volumes by up to 40%, reduce prices and chase more tonnage on the […]

Future vision

UNDERGROUND coal industry experts gathered in Queensland late last week for NLT's Mine Technology Focus Group to discuss future mine technology ideas and to hear presentations from Vale's Andy Mifflin on mining into the unknown, […]

Clean coal development agreement between White Energy and Peabody Energy for North America and China

Peabody Energy and White Energy have signed an agreement to pursue development of a coal upgrading plant that would be sited at a Peabody operation in America’s Powder River Basin. The plant would use White Energy’s patented coal briquetting technology, a mechanical process that upgrades lower Btu coals. The process increases the coal’s overall energy content by some [...]

Massive US coal merger to give birth to one of its biggest producers

Alpha Natural Resources and Foundation Coal Holdings have announced a merger plan that will create one of America’s largest coal producers in an all-stock transaction valued at $2 billion. One of the strongest balance sheets and credit profiles in the industry show 2008 pro forma revenues of $4.2 billion. The combined company will be the third-largest [...]

Modular® Systems Installed at Curragh Mine

Modular Mining Systems, Inc., the market leader in powerful information management solutions for mining operations worldwide, is currently installing the latest IntelliMine® asset management technologies at one of Australia’s largest independent coal operations— Curragh Mine…..Read […]

Former coal lobbyist takes state post

A former coal industry lobbyist has been named to a top post with Indiana's environmental agency, an appointment that environmental activists say raises questions about whether he can be objective in his new job.

Mining law: Indonesia’s changing tide creating industry waves

The Indonesian Government’s new Bill for Mineral and Coal Mining (Mining Law) was developed with the intention of extracting the most value from Indonesia’s natural resources for the nation, according to Wood Mackenzie. Its introduction into Indonesia’s legal system provides a framework for the future of the nation’s mining industry. The new Mining Law opens [...]

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme results in Australian coal cutbacks

At least another 10,000 jobs will go, 16 coal mines will close and State Governments will lose substantial royalties as a direct impact of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS), according to independent analysis released by the Australian Coal Association (ACA). These job losses are in addition to thousands of coal jobs already lost since [...]

MSHA gets 2010 budget boost

THE Obama presidential administration has outlined changes in its proposed Department of Labor budget for the 2010 fiscal year, including a more than $US2 million increase for the US Mine Safety and Health Administration's coal […]

ICG picks up state safety awards

APPALACHIAN-focused International Coal Group received five awards for safety thanks to crew efforts at one underground operation, one surface mine and three preparation facilities in its West Virginia portfolio….more at International Longwall News

Falling demand causes coal mine to close down in Qld

A major coal mine in central Queensland has told hundreds of workers to take a month off due to falling demand for its product…..more at IndustrySearch

Coal seam gas plant shows great energy potential

What oil is to the Middle East, coal seam gas could be to southwest Queensland as a $250 million project opened on Wednesday to tap the seemingly unlimited supplies of the clean, green fossil fuel. […]

Minova Minetek commissions second resin-capsule machine in India

Minova has further expanded operations at the Minova Minetek plant at Hyderabad in India with the commissioning of a second machine for the automatic production of resin capsules. The company says this demonstrates its “continuing commitment to investment in capacity and technology to support the drive by the Indian coal mining industry to increase output without [...]

South African Export Coal Retreats on Weaker European Demand

By Alistair Holloway April 27 (Bloomberg) — Prices for coal shipped from South Africa’s Richards Bay, site of the world’s largest export terminal for the fuel, fell for a second consecutive week on weaker demand […]

Raleigh judge considers order against coal protesters

A Raleigh County judge is set to hear whether a ruling against environmental activists should become permanent.

Pike progress on rockfall remedy

PIKE River Coal is closer to entering production, as it expects a continuous miner to start up within the week at its namesake underground coal mine in New Zealand's South Island….more at International Longwall News