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27 August 2014
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Wongawilli to close, says union


STRUGGLING Illawarra miner Wollongong Coal has reportedly put its Wongawilli longwall mine on care and maintenance.
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Australia outguns coking coal rivals


WHILE China’s total coking coal imports are continuing to decline, Australia’s exports of this commodity to China have grown this year as other nations struggle to compete.
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Baralaba facility to create 200 jobs


MORE than 200 construction jobs are expected to be created as the Queensland coordinator-general approves a new rail load-out facility to underpin Cockatoo Coal’s Baralaba expansion project.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Canberra willing to back missing gas; Nickel West a Glencore, Jinchuan race; and Peru to become second-largest copper miner.
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Palmer apologises to China


OUTSPOKEN mining magnate and politician Clive Palmer has formally apologised to the Chinese people after he labelled them as “mongrels” who “shoot their own people”.
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Walter Energy sells coal terminal


METALLURGICAL coal producer Walter Energy has completed a transaction to sell the Blue Creek Terminal and associated properties in Mobile, Alabama, to the Alabama State Port Authority for $US25 million.
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Dragline success about trust, says first woman trainee


THE first woman dragline trainee at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Saraji coal mine, Marianne Finch, believes the key to succeeding in both the role, and the industry as a whole, is through developing trust within your crew.
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Coal & Allied awarded for its environmental initiatives


COAL & Allied has been given a “highly commended” Environmental Excellence award for implementing major improvements in rehabilitation and meeting the challenge of establishing native vegetation communities on mined land in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley.
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More investment in equipment rebuilds


MINING equipment services company FLSmidth says it’s expanding its Australian footprint despite momentum among suppliers to cut back in the face of tough market conditions.
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Cliffs launches $US200M share repurchase program


CLIFFS Natural Resources will buy back its outstanding common shares in the open market or in private negotiated transactions up to a maximum of $US200 million dollars.
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Boart battles through the doldrums


BOART Longyear continued to record severely depressed profits and revenues during the first half of 2014, citing commodity price stagnancy and political risks.
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Keeping tabs on worker travels


COMPANIES sending their workers out to remote locations face many challenges in ensuring safety, due to limitations in communication and resources.
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The industry-wide uplift which comes with discovery news


IT IS too early to say with confidence that the sombre mood of the Australian oil industry has lifted after last week’s double-barrelled burst of discovery news but Slugcatcher would be surprised if most people in the business were not feeling somewhat perkier today.
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Vic, NSW unite to spread safety message


VICTORIAN and New South Wales health and safety inspectors this week will be campaigning along the border to promote construction site safety in the region.
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Guildford’s maiden export delivery


GUILDFORD Coal’s Mongolian coking coal mine has loaded its maiden export shipment of 8000 tonnes – an event welcomed by Australian Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb.
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A spike in Chinese coal fatalities


TWO Chinese mining disasters are likely to claim more than 30 lives combined, despite ongoing rescue efforts.
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India coal legality questioned by court


THE fate of Jindal Steel & Power’s mines in India are in doubt since the country’s highest court ruled the practice giving away coal mines to companies since 1993 was illegal.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Newcastle coal port bidder breaches pollution licence conditions; MMG boss Andrew Michelmore prefers quality assets; and climate hope in China coal turnaround, says Garnaut.
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Dryblower on the spin which is driving BHP Billiton’s spin-off


IF maximising shareholder value by simplifying its structure is the ultimate aim of BHP Billiton’s management team then Dryblower wonders why they’ve only gone half-way.
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Spin-off views


UNION officials are yet to express any significant opinions on BHP Billiton’s “NewCo” spin-off plans, while a veteran mining analyst warns they may create some share price weakness for the mining company.
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Most commodities hot by 2018


THIS week Allan Trench consults the latest update of CRU Group’s view on 2018 commodity price rankings – and finds forecast prices very much warming up.
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Electrician burnt in arc flash incident


QUEENSLAND’S manager of safety and health has recommended that mines ensure an arc flash assessment is taken into account when determining that risks are at acceptable levels underground after an incident with an arc flash and blast that left an electrician with serious burns.
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IMARC to facilitate Chinese investment


RELENTLESS growth in the Chinese economy has seen that nation’s state owned enterprises embark on one of the biggest waves of resources investment the world has seen, and from September 22-26 the International Mining and Resources Conference will host finance experts to discuss how Australian companies can tap into this opportunity.
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HOGSBACK 
BHP Billiton’s coal-heavy spin-off has a whiff of Excel to it


HEAVY selling of BHP Billiton shares after this week’s proposal from the company to create a “coal heavy” spin-off reminded Hogsback of a similar event 10 years ago, and the high cost suffered by nervous investors.
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MORE HOGSBACK

The coal debate deserves a chapter in Alice in Wonderland


Hogsback explores the Beijing coal-fired power decision


Hogsback plays Jeremiah


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PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENTS 
SENIOR GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER
Golder Associates are seeking a Senior Geotechnical Engineer to work within our Newcastle team specializing in Coal Mining.This is a rare opportunity to join an established and highly skilled team with a stable and long lasting client base within NSW, and opportunities to expand both domestically and internationally.
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COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY 
Wongawilli to close, says union


STRUGGLING Illawarra miner Wollongong Coal has reportedly put its Wongawilli longwall mine on care and maintenance.
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MORE COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY

Baralaba facility to create 200 jobs


Walter Energy sells coal terminal


Dragline success about trust, says first woman trainee


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OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY 
Dragline success about trust, says first woman trainee


THE first woman dragline trainee at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Saraji coal mine, Marianne Finch, believes the key to succeeding in both the role, and the industry as a whole, is through developing trust within your crew.
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MORE OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY

More investment in equipment rebuilds


Boart battles through the doldrums


Immersive uses downturn to develop new technology


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COAL MARKETS 
Australia outguns coking coal rivals


WHILE China’s total coking coal imports are continuing to decline, Australia’s exports of this commodity to China have grown this year as other nations struggle to compete.
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MORE COAL MARKETS

Palmer apologises to China


Guildford’s maiden export delivery


India coal legality questioned by court


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EQUIPMENT 
Cutting costs with equipment rebuilds


MINING supply company Sandvik said it had answered industry calls for reduced operating costs by providing a rebuilt drill rig at 70% of the cost of a new one.
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R & D 
37 jobs go as coal-fired power station closes


THE brown coal-fuelled Energy Brix briquette factory and associated power station will close down next month but its owner HRL Ltd has flagged this could be a temporary measure.
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SAFETY AND HEALTH 
Keeping tabs on worker travels


COMPANIES sending their workers out to remote locations face many challenges in ensuring safety, due to limitations in communication and resources.
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MORE SAFETY AND HEALTH

Vic, NSW unite to spread safety message


A spike in Chinese coal fatalities


Electrician burnt in arc flash incident


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ENVIRONMENT 
Coal & Allied awarded for its environmental initiatives


COAL & Allied has been given a “highly commended” Environmental Excellence award for implementing major improvements in rehabilitation and meeting the challenge of establishing native vegetation communities on mined land in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley.
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MORE ENVIRONMENT

Round 4 to be a knock-out, says Seeney


ISO 14001 reforms open for public comment


Green tape collusion claims


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EDUCATION 
IMARC to facilitate Chinese investment


RELENTLESS growth in the Chinese economy has seen that nation’s state owned enterprises embark on one of the biggest waves of resources investment the world has seen, and from September 22-26 the International Mining and Resources Conference will host finance experts to discuss how Australian companies can tap into this opportunity.
Full Story...


MORE EDUCATION

IMARC encourages indigenous inclusion


APLNG puts up $3.25M for CSG research


Friedland for keynote at IMARC


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