Coal Mining News

Bucyrus unveils new diesel-powered carrier

BUCYRUS has boosted its Vers-A-Trac 650 range of roof support carriers, releasing the diesel-powered VT650D for the US coal industry……more at International Longwall News

Coalworks gets WoodMac onboard

EXPLORER Coalworks has appointed Wood Mackenzie to undertake price and market assessments of the thermal coal from its Oaklands North project in southern New South Wales……more at International Longwall News

Two Kentucky accidents injure 10

A PAIR of incidents at coal mines in Kentucky last Thursday left eight men injured at a Muhlenberg County underground mine and two hurt at a Floyd County highwall operation……more at International Longwall News

Runge appoints Hal Morris to mine-d NSW operations

RUNGE has appointed Hal Morris as a General Manager for its NSW operations.The global mining technology services company says that Morris will be responsible for the overall leadership, tactical and day-to-day operational management for Runge […]

Brown to Promote Wind, Clean Coal to Curb U.K.’s Gas Dependence

July 14 (Bloomberg) — The U.K., more reliant on natural gas than any country in Western Europe, will try to persuade utilities to build more wind parks and carbon-free coal plants….more at

Bucyrus Takes State-Based Automation to New Level

Bucyrus provides automation that achieves optimal operation under all mining conditions by taking coal clearance and roof supports into account.

China Shenhua to invest 36 bln yuan in Xinjiang to expand coal capacity

People's Daily (July 6, 2009) - China's Shenhua Group is expected to invest 36 billion yuan (5.27 billion U.S. dollars) over the five years to expand coal production capacity in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, a company executive said Saturday.

Cat 785C mining trucks delivered to Mongolia

In early March, two Cat® 785C mining trucks reached the boarder of Mongolia after having travelled through the United States, Pacific Ocean and China. Though the trucks had already travelled thousands of kilometres, it was the last 650 km that made the delivery of these trucks to, mining company, Energy Resources’ Ukhaakhudag coal mining project [...]

NLT nodes get nod at Newlands

TRIALS of NLT’s new communication technology at Xstrata’s Newlands underground coal mine in April this year have achieved impressive results and put the company on the fast-track to releasing the technology to the wider industry……more […]

Blair Athol chooses Maptek™ 3D Scanning technology

Blair Athol Mine has chosen Maptek™ I-Site™ 4400LR laser scanning technology for survey applications. The coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin is the 5th Rio Tinto site on the East Coast of Australia to adopt […]

Coal miners are not taking water out of farmers’ mouths

AUSTRALIAN Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures show the New South Wales coal sector used 39,000 megalitres of water for the 2004-2005 financial year…more at Coal Mining

USGS reports on non-fuel mining in the US

The US Geological Survey (USGS) recently published its annual report of mining and quarrying trends in the US, Mining & Quarrying Trends, 2007 covers 58 non-fuel mineral commodities produced in the U.S., excluding coal, petroleum coke and related products. It found that total domestic mining and waste removal for non-fuel mineral materials production amounted to 5,351 [...]

Safety round table starts looking underground

THE Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table, initially set up to establish design philosophies for the designers of surface operation equipment, has formed an underground coal and soft rock technical group……more at International Longwall News

Simtars to show China how it is done

QUEENSLAND’S Safety in Mines Testing and Research Station will manage a new mine safety demonstration project in China, opening up export opportunities as the country continues to overhaul its coal industry….more at International Longwall News

Illawarra to overhaul CPP

ILLAWARRA Coal is planning to invest $A45 million to upgrade the coal preparation plant used by its Appin and West Cliff mines in the Southern Coalfields of New South Wales….more at International Longwall News

Work begins on trailblazing coal-fired power station in the US

Fluor has been selected to begin limited engineering for Tenaska’s Trailblazer Energy Center, a supercritical coal-fired plant development equipped with carbon capture technology in Sweetwater, Texas. The proposed facility is expected to be the first conventional commercial coal-fuelled power plant in the US to produce electricity while being designed to capture 85% to 90% of the [...]

61 miners get pink slips at Somerset mine

The nation's recession and increased use of other electricity-generating fuels hit home for 61 coal miners who were laid off at the West Elk Mine in Somerset on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bonding of Coal and Industrial Mineral Operations in Pennsylvania

On all mine sites in Pennsylvania, operators are required to post bonds in order to guarantee that the reclamation obligations stipulated in the approved mining permit will be met. The bonding program is administered by […]

Administration's plan might clash w…..

The Obama administration's plan to tighten regulation of mountaintop removal coal mines may be at odds with a West Virginia land-use law aimed at creating economic opportunity from reclaimed surface mines.

The MSHA and NIOSH to hold a public hearing on the proposed coal mine dust personal monitors.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will hold a public hearing on the proposed rule to revise existing requirements to approve sampling devices that […]

Bucyrus Listed on IndustryWeek’s 50 Best

Bucyrus is pleased to have been recognized by IndustryWeek (IW) magazine as a “Top 50 Best Public Manufacturing Companies". As reported by IW the Top 50 list for 2008 is comprised of 12 petroleum and coal products manufacturers, 10 computer and other electronics sector and nine from the primary metals segment.

GroundProbe makes breakthrough in China

BRISBANE-based GroundProbe and the Shenyang Branch of China Coal Research Institute have signed an agreement to bring world-leading Slope Stability Radar technology into Chinese mines…..more at International Longwall News

Coal industry puts emissions talks on hold

The Federal Government has failed to convince the coal industry to back its emissions trading scheme ahead of a Senate vote in the next fortnight….more at ABC News

Record US coal output

THE National Mining Association has released the findings from its survey of US coal producers, highlighting record production in 2008 as well as a sobering outlook for this year….more at International Longwall News

New bit platform

KENNAMETAL says its newest tools, the Pro Point and Pro Bore, can benefit coal operations through improved productivity and safety….more at International Longwall News