24 April 2014
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Illawarra Coal under pressure as longwall moves to hamper production

LONGWALL moves at the BHP Billiton’s Appin and West Cliff collieries in New South Wales scheduled for the June quarter are expected to further weaken Illawarra Coal’s operational and financial performance this financial year.
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Aussie coal exports squeeze Teck

INCREASING coal production and exports from Australia combined with lower imports into China maintained the market in an oversupplied position, resulting in downward pricing pressure throughout the March quarter, said Canadian mining giant Teck Resources.
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The enemy within

IT IS not easy acknowledging that you are your own worst enemy but as Hogsback was thinking a little more about the great coal Fightback that kicked off last week he started to appreciate that change, like charity, should begin at home.
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Coal Prep

Coalview purchases primary coal dredge for Centralia project

Washpool study confirms yield improvement through finer coal processing

Water danger on CHPP sites require extra vigilance

CCC says no to overflow

BJM pump perfect for petcoke sump service

Second Caval Ridge dump structure on the cards

Coal prep to aid US coal recovery

Downer EDI clinches Maules Creek CHPP contract

Safety 2014

Top End safety

SME endorses zero deaths initiative

Statutory refresher training for the NSW coal mining industry

Kestrel wins Rio safety accolade

Analysis of dangerous gases central to underground safety

Simple solution for falling underground roof mounts

Defibrillators to save worker lives in rural NSW

Mines must ensure contractor safety: Bell

Morwell too hot to handle for Australia Post

Coal industry neglect cause of Hazelwood fire: Lock the Gate

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News Wrap

IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: BHP still sees greenfields; MaxiTRANS profits hit by declining mining investment; and China’s Landbridge builds up holding in WestSide.
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Rio‘s winning ways

THE votes are in. The judges have spoken. And the winner is … Rio Tinto. Supply Side, by Australia’s Mining Monthly editor Thomas Smith
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Ukraine conflict gives a short term spur to coal prices

COAL prices largely moved higher last week, with Northwest Europe prices leading the charge in response to the threat of Russia limiting supply of gas through Ukraine.
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Coal prices predicted by the weather

COAL prices are likely to remain low as the Northern Hemisphere summer approaches. The expected return of the El Nino weather pattern is predicted to improve coal mining output in the Southern Hemisphere while Europe’s demand stagnates.
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Coalview purchases primary coal dredge for Centralia project

COALVIEW has aqcuired a 200-ton-per-hour all-electric coal dredge from Rohr-Idreco Dredge Systems headquartered in New Richmond, Wisconsin, as the primary dredging unit for its newest fine coal recovery project near Centralia.
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Rail issues and low met coal prices weigh on Arch

ARCH Coal has reported a net loss of $US124.1 million in the first quarter with revenues totalling $736 million, reflecting the challenging global metallurgical coal market and the impact of rail performance issues, says CEO John Eaves.
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Cline settles with BC government

BROKE junior producer Cline Mining has entered an out of court settlement worth $C9.8million ($A9.5 million) with the British Colombia government, Canada.
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Russia reveals plan to save the coal industry

JUST one day after unveiling its Climate Action Plan, Russia has announced a long-term coal development scheme that features an increase in coal production and coal-powered generation.
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US finalises coal dust ruling

THE Obama administration has finalised a rule that will slash the amount of coal ash miners can be exposed to by 50% over the next two years.
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WA ready

PERTH is set to host the second edition of M&E next month.
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Another delay for Blue Creek terminal

A DECISION regarding the Blue Creek coal terminal project will not be made for another two weeks, the Mobile City Council in Alabama has announced.
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Returns on $42M Austar investment face more risks

YANCOAL’s Austar’s mine faces a long list of risks in achieving its 2014 budget – separate from the effect of the tragic loss of two lives in last week’s wall collapse.
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China leading the pack for all the wrong reasons

CHINA is the world leader in coal mining fatalities, with an astounding 1049 people fatalities last year, compared with 52 deaths in US coal mines over the previous decade.
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Water jet cable bolt drill may offer greater operator safety

A NEW technique for continuously drilling cable bolt holes using a water jet drilling tool has been recognised by the ACARP Roadway Development Task Group as having the potential to minimise manual involvement and operator exposure, as well as provide improvements to cable bolt installation productivity.
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News Wrap

IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: CSG lobby targets new NSW premier; Barclays to pull out of commodity trading; and Rio’s Oyu Tolgoi woes deepen.
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Cockatoo hits Baralaba North expansion milestone

COCKATOO Coal has lodged the voluntary environmental impact statement for the expansion of its Baralaba North coal mine to 3.5 million tonnes per annum with the Queensland Department of Environment, Heritage and Protection.
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Bandanna receives Springsure Creek objections

BANDANNA Energy has received three objections in relation to its Springsure Creek longwall coal project’s three mining lease applications, and associated draft environmental authorities and environmental management plans.
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Here it grows again

IN JUST five years a Western Australian engineering business has gone from having a large empty site and no work to boasting possibly the largest fabricating facility in Australia, with a recently completed 6500 square metre, four storey office facility.
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Mapp now Linc COO

LINC Energy has appointed Michael Mapp as its chief operating officer.
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Maules Creek biodversity package gets the all clear

AN INDEPENDENT review of the biodiversity offsets package of Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek coal project in New South Wales has found that it fully compliant with the project’s approval conditions.
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The enemy within

IT IS not easy acknowledging that you are your own worst enemy but as Hogsback was thinking a little more about the great coal Fightback that kicked off last week he started to appreciate that change, like charity, should begin at home.
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The overdue fightback against coal’s critics

The week when the lawyers took control of coal in Australia

The great BHP de-merger which will delight Mick Davis


The Engineering Superintendent's purpose is to coordinate the Engineering and Maintenance activities for underground operations at Narrabri mine in line with the CMH&S Act, Regulations, engineering and maintenance requirements of the mine whilst achieving budget performance in safety, production and cost.
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