24 April 2014
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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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Coal Prep

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: 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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Makeover for Gallatin coal plant

WHILE some celebrated Earth Day yesterday by car-pooling or turning off appliances, workers at Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal plant spent the day moving two transformers into place as part of a $US1.1 billion ($A1.17billion) project to reduce harmful emissions.
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Court strikes down landmark anti-coal law

A FEDERAL judge has ruled that Minnesota’s landmark ban on new power generation from coal was not fair to its neighbours in North Dakota.
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Global competition for the exploration dollar

THIS week Allan Trench looks at the race between jurisdictions to entice mineral sector investment through pre-competitive geoscience investment.
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China to help out Mechel project

CHINA is considering financing coal producer Mechel's development of its Elga project in Russia, a senior executive at Russian state bank Vnesheconombank has revealed.
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People risks for the LNG scene

RESEARCH by Queensland University of Technology and recruiter Air Energi into “people risks” has led to a trial of an online tool developed to help LNG project-related management avoid expensive workforce issues.
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Glencore, Orica taken to task over Sugarloaf mine subsidence

THE New South Wales government is seeking to make an example of Glencore and Orica over the mine subsidence in the Sugarloaf state conservation area, with Glencore forgoing 2.2 million tonnes of coal.
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Dire shortage of housing leading to Bowen Basin brain drain

THE Queensland Resources Council is urging the state government to invest in improving living conditions in Bowen Basin coal mining communities to stop the drain of talented personnel with families away from the industry.
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Austar disaster to lead to Yancoal operational review for 2014

YANCOAL – which saw two of its workers die tragically last week in a wall collapse in its Austar longwall mine in New South Wales – is now reviewing its production forecasts for 2014.
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News Wrap

IN this morning's News Wrap: Padbury funder tells all; China to push growth with energy projects; and Hancock on the hunt.
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Eastern coal mines challenging Powder River Basin

THE eastern states of the US are challenging the Powder River Basin as the powerhouse of the country’s coal industry, according to SNL Energy data.
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NSW should learn from Qld: APPEA

THE Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association has released more figures that prove gas development is at a standstill in New South Wales, unlike the development underpinning Queensland’s growing economy.
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Only ‘capable’ operators to explore NSW

NEW South Wales Resources and Energy Minister Anthony Roberts confirmed an audit of the state’s existing licences was underway as he rejected two CSG-related petroleum exploration licence applications in the Northern Rivers area yesterday.
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Southern teams up with Chinese firm for coal research

SOUTHERN Company has signed a deal with Chinese coal producer Shenhua to develop coal technologies based on the coal gasification and carbon capture systems Southern subsidiary Mississippi Power installed at the $US5 billion ($A5.33 billion) Kemper County power plant in Mississippi.
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The case of private contractors

AFTER the collapse of unwieldy contracting giant Forge Group, the advantages associated with being a lean, locally focused specialist have taken on new gravitas in the mining services space.
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The overdue fightback against coal’s critics

NO-ONE knows who first said “offence is the best defence” but Hogsback is delighted to see the message has finally got through to the people at the top of the Australian coal-mining industry – and not before time.
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The week when the lawyers took control of coal in Australia

The great BHP de-merger which will delight Mick Davis

Stranded carbon v US coal exports


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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Top End safety

SAFETY is at the top of the agenda in Darwin with the first ever local Safety in Action conference wrapping up.
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