Coal Mining News

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

Volvo custom fabricates coal seam drill solution

GOLDEN Equipment Company may not appear to be a likely candidate to win orders from one of the US's largest surface coal mining giants, but that doesn’t mean it can't…..more at Drilling & Blasting

FLSmidth wins material handling contract in Vietnam

FLSmidth has signed a contract worth approximately USD 40m (approximately DKK 200m) with state owned LILIAMA Vietnam Machinery Installation Corporation for the supply of a coal handling facility, including ship unloading and storage facilities with […]

Coal demand increases worldwide

Coal mining companies from Appalachia to Missouri are seeing plenty of rebounding demand, just not in this nation, the Associated Press reports.

Newcastle congestion puts coal exports at risk

TOM Albanese CEO of Rio Tinto has warned that continued congestion at the Port of Newcastle is a danger to the future of Australia's coal exports to Asia….more at Coal Mining

CFMEU rubbishes coal industry's CPRS claims

THE Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has attacked the coal industry’s campaign that suggests it will be devastated by the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS)….more at Coal Mining

Lift cushions respond to Coroner's call for high capacity airbags

rugged reusable lifting cushions respond precisely to the call by the Queensland State Coroner in Rockhampton* for coal mining operations to equip each underground district with airbags of sufficient capacity to move or lift the […]

Groups plan e-mail protest of W.Va. mine

Several groups say they will expand their protest against a Massey Energy mine in Southern West Virginia through e-mail. The groups, which include The Sierra Club, Alliance for Appalachia and Greenpeace, say they would send more than 500,000 e-mails to individuals Thursday and Friday to press their campaign to halt Massey's mining operation on Coal ...

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.