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Whitehaven’s star performers


GUNNEDAH Basin miner Whitehaven Coal increased its managed run-of-mine production by 160% year-on-year to 4.7 million tonnes thanks to its 93%-complete Maules Creek open cut mine while the Narrabri longwall mine is tipped to beat 7Mt ROM per annum.
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Walsh not satisfied with Rio coal mines


WHILE there is more attention on its iron ore cost margins, Rio Tinto has also promised to lower costs at its Australian coal mines.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Iron ore price crash erases $74b in market value; SA sets out agenda for nuclear inquiry; and Sirius to take advantage of post-boom WA.
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AGL leaves clean coal option open


AGL Energy has vowed to close all of its coal-fired power stations in its portfolio by 2050 as part of its revised greenhouse gas policy.
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GLNG hits 95% mark


CONSTRUCTION of the Santos-led Gladstone LNG project has reached 95% completion with first LNG expected by the end of September.
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Forensic engineering the way of the future


FORENSIC engineering is emerging as the first course of action to counter the costs of major equipment failure.
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Alpha shares dip below NYSE standard


ALPHA Natural Resources has been notified by the New York Stock Exchange that its common stock did not satisfy one of the NYSE's standards for continued listing and trading on the exchange.
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Schlumberger job cuts to hit 20,000


SCHLUMBERGER will cut an additional 11,000 jobs – bringing its total purge this year to 20,000.
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ARENA opens $20M grant round


THE Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced up to $20 million for a new research and development round dedicated to industry-partnered projects that seek to develop and commercialise renewable energy technologies.
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LNG titans go cyclone hunting


WITH hundreds of lives and tens of billions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure at stake, the operators of Australia’s biggest LNG mega-projects in the nation’s far north have joined forces to drive research into advancing tropical cyclone forecasting to further improve offshore safety and mitigate costly disruptions to operations.
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Rio returns to Diggers


WHILE the iron ore miners will sit this year out at Diggers & Dealers, 2015’s event marks the first appearance from Rio Tinto since 2008.
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US to become net gas exporter in two years


THE threat of US LNG exports to Australia’s higher cost industry look likely to ramp up in a big way, with the Energy Information Administration projecting them to continue growing beyond 2017 when the EIA says the US will transition from a modest net importer of natural gas to a net exporter.
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Tenfold returns from EIS


EVERY $A1 million invested in the mining industry under Western Australia’s Exploration Incentive Scheme returns $10.3 million in direct benefits to the state, a new report has found.
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Job cuts in store at Mt Owen


THIESS employees at Glencore’s Mt Owen coal mine are bracing for job cuts after the mining giant signalled operational changes at the New South Wales open cut operation in line with its revised production requirements for 2015.
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US coal deaths at record low


THE 16 coal mining deaths in the US in 2014 marked the lowest number ever recorded in a year and were four fewer than in 2013.
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Currency collapse the way out for Australian mining


COULD someone please remind Hogsback what is the purpose of Australia other than to show the world the quickest route to self-destruction?
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: NuCoal warns of sovereign risk after High Court loss; Rio Tinto claims its focus on low-cost production is fundamental; and Fortescue executive salaries under review, no number on job losses.
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Coal’s irreplaceability means more CO2: MI


A REPORT from New York-based Manhattan Institute says that while coal’s irreplaceability in the world’s energy mix will see carbon dioxide emissions increase, more investment and policies to support efficient plants are needed.
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BP confirms big oil’s war on coal


IF Royal Dutch Shell’s $A90 billion offer for rival BG Group wasn’t an obvious enough sign that big oil sees the world’s emerging countries China and India moving away from coal, BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg has confirmed the war on coal at the super-major’s AGM yesterday morning London time.
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Germany, US, Denmark set efficiency benchmark


TECHNICAL power sector marketing firm Tau Technical Communications has lauded Vattenfall’s Nordjylland in Denmark, the John W Turk Jr plant in Arkansas and a renewables-heavy operation in Germany as the three most efficient coal-fired power plants.
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Coal tracker shows a losing battle


A US-based company Coalswarm last month released a new online tool that shows where new coal plants are being planned, built, in various stages of approvals or cancelled, and according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, it shows coal-fired power plants are losing the battle against other energy sources.
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Buyers, sellers holding off on asset sales


THE value of global upstream oil and gas deals tumbled to $US7.1 billion ($A9.3 billion) during the first quarter of 2015, a precipitous plunge of almost 80% over the same time in 2014 and a drop of 85% compared to the average value per quarter since the start of 2009, according to figures compiled by London’s Evaluate Energy.
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HOGSBACK 
Currency collapse the way out for Australian mining


COULD someone please remind Hogsback what is the purpose of Australia other than to show the world the quickest route to self-destruction?
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Are the Indians coming to the aid of the coal industry?


The return of balance to the coal market


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MINE ACTIVITY 
North Wambo’s last panel approved


PEABODY Energy has received approval to mine an additional longwall panel which will extend the life of its North Wambo mine in New South Wales by six months to the end of 2015.
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MORE MINE ACTIVITY

Glencore to shut West Wallsend early


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COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY 
Whitehaven’s star performers


GUNNEDAH Basin miner Whitehaven Coal increased its managed run-of-mine production by 160% year-on-year to 4.7 million tonnes thanks to its 93%-complete Maules Creek open cut mine while the Narrabri longwall mine is tipped to beat 7Mt ROM per annum.
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MORE COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY

Walsh not satisfied with Rio coal mines


Alpha shares dip below NYSE standard


Job cuts in store at Mt Owen


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OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY 
GLNG hits 95% mark


CONSTRUCTION of the Santos-led Gladstone LNG project has reached 95% completion with first LNG expected by the end of September.
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MORE OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY

Forensic engineering the way of the future


Schlumberger job cuts to hit 20,000


LNG titans go cyclone hunting


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COAL MARKETS 
ARENA opens $20M grant round


THE Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced up to $20 million for a new research and development round dedicated to industry-partnered projects that seek to develop and commercialise renewable energy technologies.
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MORE COAL MARKETS

Tenfold returns from EIS


Coal’s irreplaceability means more CO2: MI


BP confirms big oil’s war on coal


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R & D 
Major coal research program launched


THE Brookings Institution’s Energy Security and Climate Initiative has launched a major research program to provide policymakers with an “unbiased assessment of how to deal with coal moving forward, both domestically and internationally”.
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MORE R & D

Give it to the brainiacs


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SAFETY AND HEALTH 
US coal deaths at record low


THE 16 coal mining deaths in the US in 2014 marked the lowest number ever recorded in a year and were four fewer than in 2013.
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MORE SAFETY AND HEALTH

Soma coal disaster trial starts


Ex-Massey chief wins more time


Mitt gains certification


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ENVIRONMENT 
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MORE ENVIRONMENT

More stalls for Japanese nuclear


10km Hunter coal buffer zone would benefit billionaires: Galilee


World Bank humiliates Abbott over coal policy – Greens


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EDUCATION 
Rio returns to Diggers


WHILE the iron ore miners will sit this year out at Diggers & Dealers, 2015’s event marks the first appearance from Rio Tinto since 2008.
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Coal Prep show to examine future of US coal


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