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18 September 2014
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Sabotage needs firm action


ENOUGH is enough. Protestors putting lives at risk by cutting 187 down-lines attached to powerful explosives at the Whitehaven mine has prompted the NSW Minerals Council to call on the state government to “act immediately” with tough penalties for “professional activists”.
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Blackwater is ‘smashing’ records


BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Blackwater open cut coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin has broken six production records since the downturn in coal markets began, according to a report.
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China coal restrictions could impact the big three miners


AUSTRALIA’S leading high-ash coal exporting mines and miners have been revealed in the wake of China’s plans to curb high-ash and sulphur thermal coal imports.
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Putting its orange nuts on show

Accessing a higher plane

Driving down CHPP costs



Coal Prep

China coal restrictions could impact the big three miners

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SPX gets coal liquefaction order

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Modular software optimises control flows

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Low-maintenance float monitor launched





   TODAY'S STORIES xCONTINUED


Producers made to wait


AUSTRALIAN producers will have to wait to see more detail of China’s coal quality restrictions announced on Tuesday night – and the devil will be in that detail.
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Recovery slow for suppliers


MINING equipment suppliers, toughing it out amid a deep trough in key commodity sector ordering are seeing further signs of a trend that could magnify future growth prospects.
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News Wrap


IN News Wrap this morning: Anglo ‘reaping benefits’ of diversified base; BHP to axe more iron ore jobs; and WA rating hostage to iron ore.
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Low-risk Botswana needs to up rail, power infrastructure


BOTSWANA’s fabulously rich diamond mines have, since the 1970s, underpinned the development of the landlocked southern African nation.
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Palmer’s rail challenge rejected


A COURT has dismissed Clive Palmer’s challenge to a Queensland government decision to reject his company’s rail line proposal.
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A Watermark war cry


SOME landholders are promising civil disobedience if China Shenhua Energy’s vast Watermark coal project in New South Wales’ Gunnedah Basin gets the final environmental approval from the Planning Assessment Commission.
Full Story...


Electric ingenuity to go on display


POLES & Underground is showcasing its electrical infrastructure service provisions at the 2014 Mining & Engineering NSW exhibition.
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Michigan utility hauled over coals


THE Obama administration’s war on coal has claimed another victim.
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Montana puts fun into Coal Appreciation Day


OBAMA’s war on coal seems only to have emboldened the industry, with supporters reportedly coming out in droves for Montana’s third annual Coal Appreciation Day.
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Austrade joins with Reed for Ozmine 2014


WHILE delegates are getting ready for the Mining & Engineering New South Wales show, event organiser Reed Mining Events has secured a strategic partnership with Austrade for Ozmine and Mining & Engineering Indonesia.
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On-the-spot NSW penalties in effect


THE New South Wales Environment Protection Authority will now be able to issue on-the-spot penalties, without first bringing the offender to court, of up to $15,000 for the 10 most serious environmental offences.
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US, Canada slide down World Risk Survey


THE Obama administration’s war on coal is starting to sink in, with the United States slipping down the RESOURCESTOCKS World Risk Survey this year after winning it last year.
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China bans low-grade coal imports


THE Chinese government has banned low-grade coal imports to help improve the nation’s notoriously poor air quality.
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Two fatalities at APLNG sites


TWO contractors have died in separate incidents at sites of the Origin Energy-led Australia Pacific CSG to LNG project in Queensland since Friday.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Way clears for Hanlong boss Steven Xiao’s extradition; Rio touted as Glencore takeover target; and AngloGold scraps demerger.
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Time for mining law fact-check


A rhetorical arms-race was triggered last week with two changes to laws governing the resources sector writes Queensland Resources Council CEO Michael Roche
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Another Griffin crisis


RECEIVERS could be called in to run the troubled Griffin thermal coal operations in Western Australia.
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Obama wrong on carbon: surgeons


THE coal industry has found an ally from left field, with the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons coming out swinging against US President Barack Obama’s anti-coal crusade.
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How Canberra could apply MRRT to banks


TO paraphrase T S Eliot, “This is the way the MRRT ends, not with a bang but a whimper.” The Metal Detective* reflects on the odd passing of the mining tax and wonders if a good FART is needed to restore decorum.
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Asia to rescue Oz thermal players


WIDER Asia looks like coming to the rescue of haemorrhaging Australian thermal coal players, with Asian jurisdictions outside China increasing their coal-fired power generating capacity.
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HOGSBACK 
The missing private equity funds


IT WOULD be rude of Hogsback to describe private equity funds as dogs though readers of Sherlock Holmes’ stories should see the link because the funds have been as conspicuous in the coal industry as Holmes’ famous “dog in the night-time” – they’re not doing anything.
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MORE HOGSBACK

Worrying about a Chinese coal import curb, and other matters


More evidence of the positive turn in coal


BHP Billiton’s coal-heavy spin-off has a whiff of Excel to it


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PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENTS 
SENIOR GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER
Golder Associates are seeking a Senior Geotechnical Engineer to work within our Newcastle team specializing in Coal Mining.This is a rare opportunity to join an established and highly skilled team with a stable and long lasting client base within NSW, and opportunities to expand both domestically and internationally.
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MINE ACTIVITY 
Blackwater is ‘smashing’ records


BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Blackwater open cut coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin has broken six production records since the downturn in coal markets began, according to a report.
Full Story...


MORE MINE ACTIVITY

Russell Vale plans win support


Glencore to suspend Ravensworth longwall


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COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY 
Low-risk Botswana needs to up rail, power infrastructure


BOTSWANA’s fabulously rich diamond mines have, since the 1970s, underpinned the development of the landlocked southern African nation.
Full Story...


MORE COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY

Palmer’s rail challenge rejected


Michigan utility hauled over coals


Montana puts fun into Coal Appreciation Day


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OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY 
Recovery slow for suppliers


MINING equipment suppliers, toughing it out amid a deep trough in key commodity sector ordering are seeing further signs of a trend that could magnify future growth prospects.
Full Story...


MORE OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY

Electric ingenuity to go on display


Little helper


Caterpillar’s optimised offering


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COAL MARKETS 
China coal restrictions could impact the big three miners


AUSTRALIA’S leading high-ash coal exporting mines and miners have been revealed in the wake of China’s plans to curb high-ash and sulphur thermal coal imports.
Full Story...


MORE COAL MARKETS

Producers made to wait


China bans low-grade coal imports


Asia to rescue Oz thermal players


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EQUIPMENT 
Putting its orange nuts on show


PHILMAC is putting its range of pipe connections and systems, including its distinct orange nuts, on show at this year’s Mining & Engineering exhibition.
Full Story...


SAFETY AND HEALTH 
Sabotage needs firm action


ENOUGH is enough. Protestors putting lives at risk by cutting 187 down-lines attached to powerful explosives at the Whitehaven mine has prompted the NSW Minerals Council to call on the state government to “act immediately” with tough penalties for “professional activists”.
Full Story...


MORE SAFETY AND HEALTH

Two fatalities at APLNG sites


Obama wrong on carbon: surgeons


Kestrel’s coal rescuers among world’s safest


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ENVIRONMENT 
A Watermark war cry


SOME landholders are promising civil disobedience if China Shenhua Energy’s vast Watermark coal project in New South Wales’ Gunnedah Basin gets the final environmental approval from the Planning Assessment Commission.
Full Story...


MORE ENVIRONMENT

On-the-spot NSW penalties in effect


Time for mining law fact-check


Carbon tax axe doing its job


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EDUCATION 
US, Canada slide down World Risk Survey


THE Obama administration’s war on coal is starting to sink in, with the United States slipping down the RESOURCESTOCKS World Risk Survey this year after winning it last year.
Full Story...


MORE EDUCATION

Festival of coal gets fired-up support


Vic uni forms mining advisory group


Support for women in mining, energy careers


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