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Bounty extends capital raising deadline


THE uncertain economic climate is slowing down attempts by narrow-seam mine contractor Bounty Mining from raising funds and making its long-awaited reinstatement of trading on the Australian Securities Exchange.
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China is about cleaner coal, not less coal: WCA


THE World Coal Association has hit out at suggestions that new coal quality standards issued by China’s National Development and Reform Commission this month signal a phasing out of coal.
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Protests slow construction access to Maules Creek


WHITEHAVEN Coal’s controversial Maules Creek open cut coal project in New South Wales – which needs to ramp up production to turnaround the fortunes of the company – continues to be hampered by protestors with a campaign over the weekend leading to multiple arrests.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Sumitomo to shut Bowen Basin coal venture; Brazilian giant Vale joins Fraser Range nickel rush; and lenders expect Rio Tinto to miss Mongolia deadline.
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BHP dismisses carbon policy and divestment risks


BHP Billiton has dismissed concerns about the “carbon bubble” of unburnable fossil fuels in its 2014 Sustainability Report, saying it is not at material risk.
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Metallica offloads in tough times


METALLICA Minerals has offloaded its entire MetroCoal holding in what is a $2.06 million cash top-up for the Australian Securities Exchange-listed junior.
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Deceased-discovering supervisor hit by drugs charge


IN AN unusual twist to one of the two recent fatalities at Australia Pacific LNG project sites, the supervisor of the Ostwald Bros contractor who was found dead in his donga on September 12 has been charged for drug possession and has since resigned.
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Qld innovation on grease gun injection injuries


A QUEENSLAND engineering company has developed a remote pressure release system that allows high-pressure grease injection operators to attach or remove a blocked grease gun without the risk of an injection injury.
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Corporate excellence in exploration


THIS week Allan Trench attempts to understand how companies get really great at exploration.
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Woodside’s $10m boost for UWA engineers


WOODSIDE and the University of Western Australia have announced a $10 million investment in the university’s EZONE UWA project, which they said was critical to the future of engineering in the state.
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Asteroid mining gets real (and ugly)


AMERICANS have always been good at innovation, but they also seem to like litigation and political quagmires. No wonder they’re leading the charge with asteroid mining.
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More surprises likely onshore Australia


HAPPY accidents are raining down on Australia’s shale gas explorers, with AWE recently joining a growing list of those to strike conventional gas where it was not expected.
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Ausdrill MD cleared of charges


THE Supreme Court of Western Australia has cleared Ausdrill managing director Ron Sayers of tax fraud charges.
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Business is stepping into the carbon void left by government


BUSINESSES yet again outshone governments at an international climate convention, announcing a spate of initiatives in New York last week.
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BMA admin to feel the axe


MORE than 100 of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s planned 700 job cuts will be administration roles according to a union official.
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Landowner helps end Springsure Creek project


QUEENSLAND Resources Council CEO Michael Roche has given one “stubborn landowner” some credit for the downfall of Bandanna Energy.
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Mastermyne launches friendly takeover of DMS


MASTERMYNE has agreed to acquire competitor Diversified Mining Services under a deal worth $20 million.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Mining wages too high, says Mitsui; Brockman confident on financing; and Santos making headway on Gladstone LNG project.
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Peabody comes back fighting for coal


DESPITE calls by world leaders to meet the challenge of climate change by curtailing the use of fossil fuels, Peabody Energy continues to argue the benefit of coal as an efficient fuel for the developing world.
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Stats prove carbon tax worked, says Milne


THE latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory report shows nationwide emissions fell 1.1% in the year to March 2014, smashing the previous record of -0.8%, set in the year to December 2013.
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Contractors holding on in tough conditions


THE scale of business failure in the mining services sector has not been as big as anticipated, but firms remain under pressure, according to Ernst and Young.
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Ours is the biggest bucket, says Austin


THE EX8000-6 bucket, with a capacity of 48 cubic metres, is the largest excavator bucket ever manufactured by Austin Engineering globally.
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Feds approve Carmichael rail


THE federal government approving Indian conglomerate Adani Mining’s North Galilee Basin Rail (NGBP) rail project is a beacon in the night for Australia’s struggling coal sector, the Queensland Resources Council said.
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HOGSBACK 
The renewables basket case


CONGRATULATIONS to the Queensland Resources Council for almost getting it right when it bit back this week over the investment appeal of coal because from what Hogsback has seen over the past few years renewable energy investments have been far worse than coal.
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MORE HOGSBACK

Hunting for truth in China’s new coal rules


The missing private equity funds


Worrying about a Chinese coal import curb, and other matters


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MINE ACTIVITY 
Broadmeadow ramp up


BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance is targeting 6.7 million tonnes per annum of production from its Broadmeadow mine in Queensland which started longwall top coal caving operations last year.
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MORE MINE ACTIVITY

Blackwater is ‘smashing’ records


Russell Vale plans win support


Glencore to suspend Ravensworth longwall


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COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY 
Bounty extends capital raising deadline


THE uncertain economic climate is slowing down attempts by narrow-seam mine contractor Bounty Mining from raising funds and making its long-awaited reinstatement of trading on the Australian Securities Exchange.
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MORE COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY

Protests slow construction access to Maules Creek


BHP dismisses carbon policy and divestment risks


Metallica offloads in tough times


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OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY 
Qld innovation on grease gun injection injuries


A QUEENSLAND engineering company has developed a remote pressure release system that allows high-pressure grease injection operators to attach or remove a blocked grease gun without the risk of an injection injury.
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MORE OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY

Ausdrill MD cleared of charges


Mastermyne launches friendly takeover of DMS


Contractors holding on in tough conditions


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COAL MARKETS 
Oz, South Africa lose, Indonesia wins in China coal ban


IF it eventuates, China’s ban on coal imports with high ash and high sulphur content from January 2015 onwards will have several knock-on implications, notably a shift in coal trade flows. By Business Monitor International analyst Xinying Chia
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MORE COAL MARKETS

Coal not dead yet: BREE


War plunges Ukraine into coal crisis


Polish unions block Russian coal


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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.
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R & D 
Mining must build on social licence: CSIRO


THE mining sector needs to work harder on community acceptance, trust and support, the CSIRO has found.
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MORE R & D

Rio software gives deposit an ‘ultrasound’


‘Smart’ mining era must continue, says Ventyx


Experts to study WA automation standards


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SAFETY AND HEALTH 
Deceased-discovering supervisor hit by drugs charge


IN AN unusual twist to one of the two recent fatalities at Australia Pacific LNG project sites, the supervisor of the Ostwald Bros contractor who was found dead in his donga on September 12 has been charged for drug possession and has since resigned.
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MORE SAFETY AND HEALTH

Toe-breaking incident at North Wambo


Pike River could still risk lives: Solid


CAS saved me: video


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ENVIRONMENT 
Business is stepping into the carbon void left by government


BUSINESSES yet again outshone governments at an international climate convention, announcing a spate of initiatives in New York last week.
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MORE ENVIRONMENT

Stats prove carbon tax worked, says Milne


Coal baron Murray slams ‘law-breaking’ Obama


Green paper ‘defies fictions’ over coal


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EDUCATION 
Woodside’s $10m boost for UWA engineers


WOODSIDE and the University of Western Australia have announced a $10 million investment in the university’s EZONE UWA project, which they said was critical to the future of engineering in the state.
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MORE EDUCATION

US, Canada slide down World Risk Survey


Festival of coal gets fired-up support


Vic uni forms mining advisory group


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