Coal Mining News

Annual awards highlight US mines’ environmental and safety performance

Ten American coal and mineral mines have won annual awards from the US Department of the Interior (DOI) for their outstanding contributions to the environment, mine reclamation and community outreach. The awards were presented by officials from the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) in [...]

Coal profits mask lack of US economic activity

Coal mining companies from Appalachia to Missouri are seeing plenty of rebounding demand, just not in the United States.

Komatsu bags US$224 million order

Komatsu has recently won a contract worth US$224 million to provide coal-extraction equipment to an Indonesian mining company.

South Africa says it will sign long-term coal supply contracts by next year

These will include contracts for its two new 4,800MW coal-fired power stations

Cutting down carbon dioxide emissions in India’s coal sector

A recent study, commissioned by Christian Aid and written by researchers from the Universities of Surrey and Edinburgh, reveals the prospects for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) technology in India. It examines whether CCS could be a suitable technology for cutting down India’s carbon dioxide emissions. Drawing on a survey of energy experts with particular [...]

Rösler starts own retreading facility in Australia and becomes supplier for Rio Tinto

Rösler has signed a one-year supply contract with Rio Tinto to deliver Schelkmann Precured Retreaded (SPR) tyres to Rio Tinto’s iron ore mines in Western Australia. There is also potential for Rösler to supply Rio […]

Paste and thickeners all the rage

PASTE and high rate thickening in the coal industry are becoming increasing popular, with Carborough Downs, Mt Arthur and Clermont among the companies that have recently taken to the technology……more at International Longwall News

MineWare CEO wins Young Business Person of the Year

MINEWARE founder and chief executive officer, Andrew Jessett, has been presented with The Mercedes Benz Young Business Person of the Year Award….more at Coal Mining

Cougar Energy shows off its UCG project

COUGAR Energy opened the doors of its underground coal gasification (UCG) project to Kingaroy residents on the 12 October 2009…more at Coal Mining

Protesters demonstrate at Dendrobium coalmine

POLICE say four protesters have demonstrated against the expansion of BHP Billiton's Dendrobium coalmine in New South Wales…more at Coal Mining

NAG teams with consultant for KY interests

CANADIAN operator North American Gem has secured the services of consultant Robert Taylor to evaluate the development potential of coal leases and manage its permitting in Kentucky……more at International Longwall News

Moura link, Aldoga expansion to boost exports

THE central Queensland coal industry is on track to receive a major boost following conditional approval for a QR project linking the Moura-Gladstone line with the Aldoga industrial precinct north of Gladstone……more at International Longwall […]

NLT gets the green light for NSW

NLT has been successfully assessed to AS/NZS 3800 standards for the overhaul and repair of electrical equipment in hazardous underground coal mining areas, meeting New South Wales legal requirements and opening up more business opportunities……more […]

ACA addresses the Central Queensland Carbon Forum

AUSTRALIAN Coal Association (ACA) Executive Director Ralph Hillman presented at the Central Queensland Carbon Forum in Gladstone on 8 October 2009….more at Coal Mining

New Gateless Coal Body from Caterpillar Boosts Productivity and Lowers Cost-per-Ton for Cat® 777F Mining Truck

The body and chassis of every Cat® Mining Truck are designed to work together flawlessly as an integrated unit to assure low-cost-per-ton operation with optimal payloads, proper weight distribution, overall durability, safe handling and a […]

QRC labels ETS unfair

THE Queensland Resources Council says the coal industry will be forced to pay two-and-a-half times more tax than other emissions-intensive, trade-exposed industries under the government’s emissions trading scheme……more at International Longwall News

Consultants’ survey 2009

AUSTRALIAN Longwall Magazine asks some of Australia’s best coal consultants about the ramifications of the credit crunch and how to make the most out of tough times……more at International Longwall News

QRC says, as is, ETS will cause more pain than gain

QUEENSLAND Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Michael Roche says as currently designed, the emissions trading scheme (ETS) will close coal mines, cost jobs in coal mining and support industries and all this without doing anything […]

Improving the efficiency of the tailings thickener in a coal preparation plant

A customer had multiple coal types, that were processed through the preparation plant. Some of the coal types had different settling characteristics, which affected tailings thickener efficiency and the “clarometer” instrument that tested settling rates in the incoming feed well failed from time to time, which meant that the floccing rate changed and the suspended solids increased, [...]

Industrea scores coal mining equipment contracts worth $7.5 million

INDUSTREA has announced the signing of another $7.5 million worth of coal mining equipment contracts as the company strives to meet the demands of China’s expanding industry….more at Coal Mining

China to be first to use US coal-to-liquid technology for power generation

American power generator Southern Co has announced that China will be the site for the first worldwide commercial implementation of the Transport Integrated Gasification (TRIGTM) technology for producing low-emission coal-based electricity. TRIG is an advanced integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology that produces electricity with lower emissions than traditional coal power plants. It also is compatible [...]

NETT TECH particulate matter diesel filters available from Norman G Clark

not considered a particulate emission and are not regulated.Examples of such applications include underground non-coal mining in the U.S.(particulates measured as total carbon) or occupational health environments inGermany (particulates measured

Coal seam gas rig secured for mining Moranbah

BLUE Energy has contracted a second coal seam gas rig for drilling in the Moranbah area, Queensland. Chief Operating Officer John Phillips says the second coring rig will provide the group with more flexibility to […]

AWU says OZ should embrace nuclear power because clean coal is too uncertain

AUSTRALIAN Workers Union (AWU) national secretary Paul Howes says that Australia should back nuclear energy because there is too much uncertainty surrounding clean coal. The Rudd Government supports uranium mining but not nuclear power for […]

Coal producer Murray Energy launches into the manufacture of longwall shields

Ohio-based Murray Energy is the largest independent coal producer in the US. In Illinois, Murray Energy independent operating subsidiary The American Coal Co operates the Galatia mining complex, the New Future and New Era mines in Saline County, while other subsidiaries operate underground and surface coal mines in Ohio, Kentucky and Utah. Combined, the mines produce over [...]