20 April 2014
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Austar tragedy reveals mine’s troubled history

YANCOAL’s Austar longwall mine, which claimed the lives of two miners on Tuesday night, has been fraught with technical problems and has had a chequered history.
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BHP Queensland coking coal continues record run

BHP Billiton’s metallurgical coal production for the nine months to March 2014 has increased by 24% to a record 33 million tonnes and included record production at all its Queensland Coal operations.
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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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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: Palmer gets nod for more toxic sludge; WA project drives CITIC to $39B deal; and Rio chief tight-lipped on Ranger mine.
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Tough times ahead: Rio

THE mining sector has seen unprecedented volatility over the past five years and the challenges are likely to continue, according to Rio Tinto chairman Jan du Plessis.
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Walter to lay off 695 employees as it idles Canadian mines

WALTER Energy will begin idling its Canadian operations including the Wolverine and Brazion coal mines in British Columbia this month, leading to the lay-off of 695 employees.
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Knowing everything about you

WOULDN’T it be great if every piece of equipment on a minesite could talk to each other and work in perfect synchronicity? Supply Side by Australia’s Mining Monthly editor Thomas Smith.
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Washpool study confirms yield improvement through finer coal processing

AQUILA Resources’ Washpool hard coking coal project in Queensland could produce 7.2 million tonnes per annum run of mine coal over a 15-year mine life, with coal being processed onsite to produce up to 2.9Mtpa of hard coking coal.
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WA iron drives BHP momentum

BHP Billiton has reported strong momentum for the nine months to March, with record production achieved for four commodities and at 10 operations.
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Cottage Grove is Peabody’s safest surface mine

PEABODY Energy’s Cottage Grove mine in Southern Illinois has earned the company’s top surface operation safety award for a second consecutive year and has achieved more than 29 months without a reportable incident.
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CSX announces Q1 earnings

BRAZIL’S CSX Corporation has announced first-quarter net earnings of $US398 million ($A425 million), or 40c per share, down from $462 million or 45c per share in the same quarter of 2013.
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James River’s 8-K disclosure following bankruptcy

BANKRUPT James River Coal has filed a Form 8-K to the US Securities and Exchange Commission declaring that subsidiary Blue Diamond Coal Company has received an imminent danger order.
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Manchin urges coal industry to speak out, but refuses to swap parties

DEMOCRAT senator Joe Manchin has urged the mining industry to speak out about coal's role in providing affordable, reliable electricity to the nation while battling strict emissions rules for coal-fired power plants.
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Appeals court upholds EPA ruling

A FEDERAL appeals court has overruled challenges against the US Environmental Protection Agency’s emission standards for mercury and other pollutants from coal and oil-fired power plants.
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Two die in Austar coal mine wall collapse

YANCOAL’s Austar longwall top coal caving mine in New South Wales is in lockdown and a crime scene has been created after a wall collapse last night killed two miners.
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Industry tight-lipped on contractor deaths

THERE was a time when contractors rarely featured in Western Australia’s mine deaths, but in just 15 years they’ve become the majority. It’s a touchy subject that very few are willing to talk openly about.
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New proposal for mine near Cullen Bullen

COALPAC administrators have submitted a modification proposal for a coal mine near Cullen Bullen, New South Wales.
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News Wrap

IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: NSW mining warns of repeat of ‘midnight ambush’; Banks overlook delays to boost Rio Tinto expansion in Gobi; and Iron ore price at risk of slump amid China financing crackdown.
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Mining leads the construction downturn

RESOURCES-related engineering construction is set to fall 42% over the next five years, with mining states Western Australia and Queensland hit the hardest.
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Coal to remain on SA’s energy menu

SOUTH Africa Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins has determined that the economy requires additional generational capacity in the form of cogeneration and coal generation.
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Dryblower on the latest tech wreck and what it means for mining

THE global mining industry did not crash last week, which Dryblower admits is an odd thing to say … except when mining is compared with other market sectors that did crash – and then the importance of the difference is considered!
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Remote travel safer than ever

REMOTE and isolated workers can travel more safely thanks to Journey-Events-Safety-Innovations software, which enables people to be traced via their phones or computers if they fail to check in at the end of their journey.
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BHP’s clean-out is poetic

SO BHP is going to put out the trash and possibly list its spoiled Billiton peelings in Johannesburg. The Metal Detective provides chapter and verse on whether BHP risks becoming a fashion victim twice over. The Metal Detective, by Stephen Bell.
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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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