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31 January 2015
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NSW approves Shenhua Watermark project


SHENHUA’S $1.2 billion Watermark coal project in New South Wales’ Liverpool Plains has been approved by the state’s Planning Assessment Commission, angering both farmers and environmentalists who have resisted it for more than five years.
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Glencore to slash South African jobs amid global coal review


DIVERSIFIED mining house Glencore has revealed plans to close down 5 million tonnes per annum of thermal coal production in South Africa and shed 1070 jobs.
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Chinese coal slide versus future Indian coal boom


IF INDIA wasn’t already the top target as a future market for Australian coal exporters then Hogsback reckons it will be now after the latest news about China.
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Price slippage for Wesfarmers

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Qld gives miners access to Artesian water

The other Indian problem in Australian coal

Newman govt struggles with New Hope links

Industry group demands ALP policy on unlocking Galilee Basin

QRC hits back at Jones


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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Carnegie Asset Management believes resource supercycle is over; Orica promises to reward shareholders in tough times; and Goldman Sachs, Barclays predict oil's recovery to be a way off.
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New tax adds to China coal squeeze


CHINESE coal mine closures could be on the cards as the industry increasingly faces higher taxation amid the downturn in coal prices.
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Coal India stake sale


THE Indian government could raise nearly $US4 billion ($A5 billion) through offloading a 10% stake of national producer Coal India.
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Cliff to examine Hazelwood fire at Coal 2015


A SPECIAL technical session dedicated to mine fires and environment control – including papers on the Hazelwood open cut mine fires in Victoria – will be presented by Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre director David Cliff at Coal 2015 at the University of Wollongong next month.
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Bathurst axes executive roles


BATHURST Resources has downsized its executive management team in line with the boardroom headcount reduction it achieved in recent months.
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Wake-up call: the activists have won


WITH Victoria extending its ban on all onshore drilling – conventional and unconventional – for another 12-18 months, when do we stop thinking about that as setback for our industry and start talking about the fact that the activists have won?
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Blue’s prudent quarter


A LONG-STANDING method of conservative spending has placed Blue Energy ahead of the pack in the most recent flurry of cost cuts to hit the oil and gas sector.
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Back to mining’s basics


A ‘BACK-to-basics’ approach could be the difference between future prosperity and failure as miners come to terms with evolving markets and changing conditions, according to Deloitte.
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Simex launches new dealer network


ITALIAN construction equipment firm Simex is expanding its presence in Australasia, appointing Australian Attachment Solutions authorised importer in Australia and New Zealand for its range of hydraulic attachments.
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Obama wants to bleed us dry: oilers


THE Texas Alliance of Energy Producers has launched a scathing broadside at US President Barack Obama, saying his relentless drive to further bleed the industry dry in taxes and regulations would actually increase oil imports, despite his boasts that the US was “weaning itself off” imports.
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Riverside Drive upgrade begins


SPECIALISED Geo has been awarded the first contract to upgrade Riverside Drive in Nambucca Heads, New South Wales.
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Anglo production spurt marred by Grasstree tragedy


ANGLO American’s metallurgical coal quarterly production increased by 4% to 4.9 million tonnes due to a step change in performance at its Grasstree mine in Queensland and Q4 2013 longwall moves.
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Coking coal pain lingers


GOLDMAN Sachs has recently slashed its hard coking coal price forecasts while trade data revealed that China’s coking coal imports fell 17% in 2014.
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Palaszczuk’s longwall support


QUEENSLAND Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk visited SDV Longwall Support’s Paget workshop as part of the Mackay tour of her election campaign yesterday morning.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Oil to deliver a big hit to BHP earnings, says UBS; Price shock divides investors over Rio, BHP iron ore strategies; and Woodside in China gas deal debacle.
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UBB case haunts Massey leader


THE legal team for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is focusing on jury selection factors ahead of an Upper Big Branch disaster-related case that could carry a lengthy jail sentence.
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AGL suspends troublesome Waukivory over BTEX


AGL Energy has voluntarily suspended pilot production testing at its Waukivory pilot project, which has been the subject of protests and a New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority investigation over disposal of flowback water.
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Aziz honoured for contribution to mining engineering


UNIVERSITY of Wollongong Professor and Coal Operators Conference convenor Naj Aziz has been recognised at the 2015 Wollongong City Council Australia Day Awards for his contribution to mining engineering.
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Knights of the rock table


WHEN the Prime Minister awards an Australian knighthood to a member of the British royal family, you know it’s time to raise your hand and cry “What about me?” The Metal Detective trolls through the royal records to honour the knights of Australian mining. The Metal Detective, by Stephen Bell
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Jameson’s tax windfall


AUSSIE junior Jameson Resources will receive a $C500,000 ($A503,420) tax refund from the British Columbia government for the money the company spent on its Crown Mountain coking coal project during the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years.
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HOGSBACK 
Chinese coal slide versus future Indian coal boom


IF INDIA wasn’t already the top target as a future market for Australian coal exporters then Hogsback reckons it will be now after the latest news about China.
Full Story...


MORE HOGSBACK

The other Indian problem in Australian coal


Coal deals and the deeper commodity correction


Weighing Glencore’s coal mining suspension experiment


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LONGWALL LARRIKINS 
Longwall Larrikin


CHRIS Rogers has worked as a project manager with Mastermyne as well as working for 12 years in the UK mining industry, predominantly with British Coal.
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MORE LONGWALL LARRIKINS

Longwall Larrikin


Longwall Larrikin


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COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY 
NSW approves Shenhua Watermark project


SHENHUA’S $1.2 billion Watermark coal project in New South Wales’ Liverpool Plains has been approved by the state’s Planning Assessment Commission, angering both farmers and environmentalists who have resisted it for more than five years.
Full Story...


MORE COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY

Glencore to slash South African jobs amid global coal review


Coal India stake sale


Bathurst axes executive roles


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OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY 
Simex launches new dealer network


ITALIAN construction equipment firm Simex is expanding its presence in Australasia, appointing Australian Attachment Solutions authorised importer in Australia and New Zealand for its range of hydraulic attachments.
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MORE OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY

Riverside Drive upgrade begins


Palaszczuk’s longwall support


MACA ironing out the bugs


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COAL MARKETS 
New tax adds to China coal squeeze


CHINESE coal mine closures could be on the cards as the industry increasingly faces higher taxation amid the downturn in coal prices.
Full Story...


MORE COAL MARKETS

Back to mining’s basics


Obama wants to bleed us dry: oilers


Knights of the rock table


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R & D 
Innovation key among Deloitte top trends


AN innovative approach to the challenges currently facing the mining sector will be critical in the survival and success of miners in 2015, according to Deloitte Access Economics.
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SAFETY AND HEALTH 
MSHA succeeds in lowering dust levels in mines


THE yearly average of respirable dust levels of designated mining occupations in underground coal mines in the US has fallen every year since the Mine Safety and Health Administration launched its “End Back Lung – Act Now” campaign in 2009.
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MORE SAFETY AND HEALTH

CFMEU slammed over meth-spiking defence


Boot masters


No place for drugs on mines: AMMA


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ENVIRONMENT 
Wake-up call: the activists have won


WITH Victoria extending its ban on all onshore drilling – conventional and unconventional – for another 12-18 months, when do we stop thinking about that as setback for our industry and start talking about the fact that the activists have won?
Full Story...


MORE ENVIRONMENT

‘Bat Attack’ at Maules Creek


Hunt seeks to prevent Reef being classified ‘in danger’


AGL clear in fraccing fiasco


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EDUCATION 
Cliff to examine Hazelwood fire at Coal 2015


A SPECIAL technical session dedicated to mine fires and environment control – including papers on the Hazelwood open cut mine fires in Victoria – will be presented by Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre director David Cliff at Coal 2015 at the University of Wollongong next month.
Full Story...


MORE EDUCATION

Aziz honoured for contribution to mining engineering


Clough seeks to up-skill workers


Course looks to develop leaders


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