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23 December 2014
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Wollongong Coal moves closer to increased Illawarra presence


WOLLONGONG Coal’s underground expansion project (UEP) has moved a step closer to approval after being recommended for approval by the New South Wales department of planning and environment and referred to the NSW Planning Assessment Committee (PAC) for determination.
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Climate agreement at risk without balance: WCA


WORLD leaders will not be able to reach an effective climate agreement next year unless development and climate change objectives are balanced properly with full utilisation of energy technology, the World Coal Association said.
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Global demand for quality met coal to rise: BHP


BHP Billiton’s metallurgical coal business is well positioned for growing demand for its premium product with the market expected to recover from current cyclical lows with the exit of high-cost supply, according to newly appointed coal president Mike Henry.
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Safety

Anglo to review Grasstree operating processes

David to battle “Goliath”

Grasstree shut for investigation

VLI contractor killed at Grasstree

MSHA releases report on Spring Creek fatality

Second fatality this year at Grasstree

Wrongful death trial settled out of court

Industry backs drug crackdown

MSHA issues 127 citations after impact inspections

NSW program to look at fatigue management


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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Weak coal market leaves Cobbora in NSW state hands; billions in planned LNG projects at risk; and iron ore price estimate cut 33%.
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Dryblower examines Africa’s gift to Australia


AFRICA Wins Again (AWA) is a cynical saying usually applied to west Africa where things often go wrong but as Dryblower was considering the latest developments in a continent with a habit of disappointing he thought it time to change the slogan to AWAFA.
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RMB gives nod to steady-state Kangala


UNIVERSAL Coal has confirmed that its Kangala colliery in South Africa has met project completion tests to the satisfaction of debt financier Rand Merchant Bank, marking the official transition to steady state operations for the mine.
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African year that was all about Ebola


FOR Australian operators in Africa, 2014 will probably be best remembered for the renewed outbreaks of Ebola in west Africa which somewhat unfairly had the investment community shying away from the entire continent, writes African Angle columnist Barry Avery.
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EU ministers fight for circular economy


EU environmental ministers have opposed a push by the European Commission to withdraw the pending circular economy package.
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Halliburton flags further lay-offs in ‘tough’ 2015


HALLIBURTON CEO Dave Lesar has acknowledged uncertainty from his workforce as its impending takeover of Baker Hughes looms, flagging restructuring and potential market-driven lay-offs in what he forecasts to be a “tough year” in 2015.
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Ausenco banks on copper-led recovery


AUSENCO CEO Zimi Meka says the outlook for his business is positive despite the challenging trading conditions for the engineering services sector over the past 12 months.
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Qld EHP deals with inefficiencies; environment committee satisfied


THE Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) is improving its compliance framework and data management, said the Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee.
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Shale ground-breaker cements fiery relationship


PROSPECT Flow Solutions has cemented its long-term relationship with emergency response specialist Wild Well Control by becoming its new Advanced Engineering Group.
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Canada revamps pipeline safety


CANADA’s federal government has introduced legislation to enhance pipeline safety covering liability and compensation, incident preparedness and response and incident prevention measures – perhaps anticipating the Republicans taking over the US Senate next year and approving Keystone XL.
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Iron ore, oil blamed for WA deficit


SEVERE falls in iron ore and oil prices has caused an “unprecedented” reduction in Western Australian government revenue.
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Downer pins fortunes on Galilee coal


INDIA’S Adani Mining has awarded letters of intent to Australian contracting firm Downer EDI for one of the largest mining services contracts signed in Australia in years.
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NT, WA progress green tape reforms


THE governments of Western Australia and the Northern Territory on Friday both announced progress on “one-stop shop” reforms sweeping the continent.
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New Acland gets Qld green light


THE Queensland coordinator general has approved New Hope’s $900 million New Acland coal mine expansion near Oakey after an earlier attempt at expansion was stymied by local opposition from the agricultural sector.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Glencore buying Rio Tinto could burn hole in Hockey’s pocket; Electricity generators’ aggression powers up prices, profits; and Chinese private equity firms eye bargains among Australian mines.
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Bechtel in lay-off spree


BECHTEL has confirmed it would lay off tradespeople over the next six months in central Queensland as it nears completion of three LNG plants off Gladstone, but offered hope that other opportunities would arise in Western Australia.
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New York State bans fraccing


NEW York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has placed an official ban on fraccing in the state after a long-awaited health report concluded the practice risks water and air pollution and has insufficient evidence to prove its safety.
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We saw fraccing fracas coming: WA EPA


WESTERN Australia’s environmental regulator expects a production proposal for unconventional gas within the next two years; while its independent EPA boss defied those who say the government was caught off-guard by opposition pushback.
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Santos secures $1b facility


SANTOS has secured an additional $1 billion bilateral bank facility with ANZ Banking Group after Macquarie Wealth Management said the oiler could scrape through without raising equity.
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LNG 'choking off supply'


A NEW report confirms that the advent of open slather LNG exports on the east coast is driving up domestic gas prices, choking off supply to domestic industrial users and putting tens of thousands of jobs at risk, according to DomGas Alliance executive director Matt Brown.
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HOGSBACK 
Coal’s green shoots


IT is early days and a lot can go wrong in the current turbulent market conditions but over the past few days, Hogsback has detected the best news for some time about the Australian coal industry, albeit for an assortment of unusual and perhaps not totally believable reasons.
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MORE HOGSBACK

On cheese-eating surrender monkeys – and coal


‘Oil Glut’ could be with us for some time


German coal farce’s powerful lesson for Oz


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LONGWALL LARRIKINS 
Longwall Larrikin


GEOFF Newby was deputy manager of Eickhoff Australia before hanging up his boots in December (2013).
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COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY 
Wollongong Coal moves closer to increased Illawarra presence


WOLLONGONG Coal’s underground expansion project (UEP) has moved a step closer to approval after being recommended for approval by the New South Wales department of planning and environment and referred to the NSW Planning Assessment Committee (PAC) for determination.
Full Story...


MORE COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY

RMB gives nod to steady-state Kangala


Downer pins fortunes on Galilee coal


New Acland gets Qld green light


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OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY 
Halliburton flags further lay-offs in ‘tough’ 2015


HALLIBURTON CEO Dave Lesar has acknowledged uncertainty from his workforce as its impending takeover of Baker Hughes looms, flagging restructuring and potential market-driven lay-offs in what he forecasts to be a “tough year” in 2015.
Full Story...


MORE OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY

Ausenco banks on copper-led recovery


Shale ground-breaker cements fiery relationship


Australia drags down Liebherr profit


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COAL MARKETS 
Global demand for quality met coal to rise: BHP


BHP Billiton’s metallurgical coal business is well positioned for growing demand for its premium product with the market expected to recover from current cyclical lows with the exit of high-cost supply, according to newly appointed coal president Mike Henry.
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MORE COAL MARKETS

African year that was all about Ebola


Of booms and fads


Wave power to get hooked up


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R & D 
Accelerating ideas


WHAT does it take to create a product that could save the mining industry more than $100 million? A Tonka truck, an iPhone, a fitball and some gaffer tape. Supply Side by Australia’s Mining Monthly editor Noel Dyson
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SAFETY AND HEALTH 
David to battle “Goliath”


A SMALL Melbourne based safety company is taking on Standards Australia in the Federal Court, claiming that the 12-month-old updated standard for working at heights is flawed and a step backwards from the 1992 standard that it replaced.
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MORE SAFETY AND HEALTH

Grasstree shut for investigation


VLI contractor killed at Grasstree


MSHA releases report on Spring Creek fatality


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ENVIRONMENT 
Climate agreement at risk without balance: WCA


WORLD leaders will not be able to reach an effective climate agreement next year unless development and climate change objectives are balanced properly with full utilisation of energy technology, the World Coal Association said.
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MORE ENVIRONMENT

Qld EHP deals with inefficiencies; environment committee satisfied


NT, WA progress green tape reforms


New York State bans fraccing


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EDUCATION 
Wills on Walls: The pre-flight walk-around


THOSE of you who have read one or two of my articles since this magazine began will probably be aware that I have a slight passion for flying and I occasionally compare mining procedures with those in aviation.
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