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29 August 2015
 


Fatality at Boggabri prompts risk management call


THE tragic death of rigger Mark Galton at Idemitsu’s Boggabri coal mine in New South Wales last year has prompted investigators to stress the importance of having an effective risk management program in relation to specific complex three dimensional movements of mobile elevated work platforms in proximity to fixed structures.
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No joy for Hunter job growth with Integra acquisition


THE decision by Glencore and Bloomfield to buy Vale’s Integra coal mine complex in New South Wales will not lead to an immediate jobs creation and do little to alleviate the high unemployment in the Hunter Valley.
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Hogsback discovers profits in coal that most people have overlooked


PROFITS are not generally associated with coal during these days of over-production and low prices which is why Hogsback was delighted to discover that the latest financial accounts of Australia’s biggest coal miners revealed surprisingly high levels of pre-tax earnings.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: More councils consider stand against fossil fuels; BHP’s credit rating under risk; and gold profits glisten in bright FY15.
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BHP, Cockatoo and the ornamental snake


A MULTI-MILLION dollar deal negotiated with the Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council in Queensland has led the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, BHP BillitonMitsui and Cockatoo Coal to move outside the box in fulfilling their environmental offset responsibilities.
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Carbon floor price hits UK coal


THE UK Department of Energy and Climate Change’s latest monthly energy statistics reveal lower coal generation, which the government put down to the increase in the carbon floor price from April.
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High-profile miners make gecko shortlist


PREMIER Coal and Golder are among the finalists for this year’s Western Australian Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence.
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Bridgeport Energy executes terms sheet


COAL miner New Hope Corporation’s Bridgeport oil and gas business, which produced 158,884 barrels last fiscal year from its Cuisinier, Inland and Utopia oil fields in Queensland, says it has executed a terms sheet with a third party for the farm-out of a share of its PEL 630 and PELA 641 in South Australia and ATP 794 and ATP 948 in Queensland.
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Glencore, Bloomfield to buy Integra


GLENCORE will enlarge its presence in the Hunter Valley by teaming up with Bloomfield to acquire Vale’s former Integra underground and open cut coal operations in New South Wales.
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Fatality investigation still slowing down Austar


THE Mine Safety Office of NSW Department of Trade and Investment investigation into the underground incident in which two miners were killed on 15 April 2014 at Yancoal’s Austar is still ongoing -- leading to reduced development and mining at the longwall.
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435 New Acland jobs at risk


NEW Hope managing director Shane Stephan has warned that if a mining lease for its New Acland coal project in Queensland is not granted by mid-2016 the future of 435 jobs would be at risk.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Ex-Tinkler Group exec heads bid for part of Rio Tinto's coal; Newcastle joins fossil fuel divestment push; and WDS in financial distress.
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NSW offers $10M for emissions reduction innovation


THE Coal Innovation NSW Fund has $10 million available with a cap of up to $2 million for individual projects.
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AGL Macquarie busted for power plant discharge


NEW South Wales’ Environment Protection Authority has penalised AGL Macquarie $15,000 for discharging between 50-100 litres of ammoniated water into Tinkers Creek.
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Financially speaking


MINING equipment, technology and services players may have a way to get the means to take themselves to the next level. Supply Side by Australia’s Mining Monthly editor Noel Dyson
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APLNG plugs in


WORK is complete on the final connection for Australia Pacific LNG to plug into Powerlink Queensland’s new transmission network in the North West Surat Basin.
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BHP cost cutting fails to rescue earnings


ANNUAL revenues from BHP Billiton’s global coal operations have plunged by 10% to $US5.8 billion in the 2015 financial year and underlying earnings were down by $227 million to $348 million despite a rigorous cost-cutting regime at its Queensland’s Coal division .
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Cloud Peak expands Cordero Rojo potential


CLOUD Peak Energy has reached an agreement with a landowner near its Cordero Rojo coal mine in Wyoming which provides the company with access to approximately 95 million tons of additional coal and enhances flexibility for the future development of the mine.
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NSW Enviro Dept gives Drayton South approval


ANGLO American has reached another milestone in its attempts to get its controversial Drayton South coal project approved with the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment’s preliminary recommendation that it gets a green light.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Monadelphous hits back at WICET allegations of defective work; BHP cuts forecast for China peak steel output by 15%; and Citi says Fortescue needs bulk asset sales.
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Total gets out of coal


FRENCH super-major Total has come good on its commitment made at the World Gas Conference in Paris in June to rid itself of coal as part of European Big Oil’s war on the black gold.
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Boart boss resigns after half-year loss


BOART Longyear CEO and president Richard O’Brien has announced he will step down after the company reported a half-year net loss of $US152.3 million ($A210.7 million).
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Women in Resources celebrated as finalists announced


PEABODY Energy director of services, supply chain management Janette Hewson and Rio Tinto Coal Hail Creek mine project lead Sandra Newman are among women in the resources sector across the country that have been recognised with the announcement of the 2015 Women in Resources National Awards finalists.
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HOGSBACK 
Hogsback discovers profits in coal that most people have overlooked


PROFITS are not generally associated with coal during these days of over-production and low prices which is why Hogsback was delighted to discover that the latest financial accounts of Australia’s biggest coal miners revealed surprisingly high levels of pre-tax earnings.
Full Story...


MORE HOGSBACK

Hogsback on Australia’s looming coal election


Hogsback on what Nathan Tinkler’s return might mean


Hogsback on the skink and the snake


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LONGWALL LARRIKINS 
Longwall Larrikin: Rodney Woods


Down Under Training and Consulting CEO Rodney “Woodsy” Woods travels to mines to deliver training, consult about safety, relieve deputies and help out within the safety and training department. In his mining career, he has worked for two coal mines on a permanent basis.
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COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY 
Fatality at Boggabri prompts risk management call


THE tragic death of rigger Mark Galton at Idemitsu’s Boggabri coal mine in New South Wales last year has prompted investigators to stress the importance of having an effective risk management program in relation to specific complex three dimensional movements of mobile elevated work platforms in proximity to fixed structures.
Full Story...


MORE COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY

Bridgeport Energy executes terms sheet


Glencore, Bloomfield to buy Integra


Fatality investigation still slowing down Austar


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OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY 
Boart boss resigns after half-year loss


BOART Longyear CEO and president Richard O’Brien has announced he will step down after the company reported a half-year net loss of $US152.3 million ($A210.7 million).
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MORE OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY

Expanding MACA posts $54M profit


GR defies downturn


Abbot Point coal port reaches another milestone


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COAL MARKETS 
No joy for Hunter job growth with Integra acquisition


THE decision by Glencore and Bloomfield to buy Vale’s Integra coal mine complex in New South Wales will not lead to an immediate jobs creation and do little to alleviate the high unemployment in the Hunter Valley.
Full Story...


MORE COAL MARKETS

BHP, Cockatoo and the ornamental snake


Carbon floor price hits UK coal


NSW offers $10M for emissions reduction innovation


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R & D 
No time like downturns


While operators and most service providers have found the depressed coal price environment a crushing experience, the tyre industry is enjoying the breathing space to refine technologies which will, ironically, help lower costs in the long-run.
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SAFETY AND HEALTH 
Peabody’s Infra-Red Camera wins innovation award


PEABODY Energy's Infra-Red Thermal Camera on Underground Mobile Equipment was named as at the 2015 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference as the winner of this year’s Innovation Awards.
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MORE SAFETY AND HEALTH

Methane detection challenge


Methane detection crunch time


Qld mining grapples with highest fatality rate in 20 years


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ENVIRONMENT 
High-profile miners make gecko shortlist


PREMIER Coal and Golder are among the finalists for this year’s Western Australian Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence.
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MORE ENVIRONMENT

NSW Enviro Dept gives Drayton South approval


Union joins Centennial in protest over Springvale delays


Abbott and Palaszczuk pro-coal governments to destroy Reef: Greens


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EDUCATION 
Aussie companies need to innovate: KPMG


KPMG has urged Australian companies to embrace innovation and technology as a way to remain competitive.
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MORE EDUCATION

Students attracted amid resources slump


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