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21 April 2015
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Shenhua’s double-digit production cut


AN executive of leading thermal coal producer China Shenhua Energy flagged a possible production cut of up to 60 million tonnes per annum last week.
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Fears over flooded Chinese coal mine


A FLOODING event on Sunday has reportedly trapped 24 miners at a Chinese underground coal mine in Shanxi province after more than 220 people safely evacuated.
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Abbot Point acceleration


THE Queensland government has applied for federal environmental approval over its Abbot Point dredging plans to underpin an expansion of Adani’s coal terminal – with construction expected to start this calendar year.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Rio Tinto expected to beat shipping guidance; Arrium should consider mining exit to stem losses, says Allan Gray; and oil rebound may be a false dawn.
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Hassalls to hold global sale for Pike River assets


AS part of the process to expedite the return of the Pike River mine back to the New Zealand Department of Conservation, Australian auction company Hassalls will be selling the remaining Pike River mine plant assets via global expressions of interest throughout April, May and June 2015.
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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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AGL axes CSG-linked irrigation project


AGL Energy has chosen not to extend a two-year irrigation program linked to its Gloucester CSG project in New South Wales despite declaring it a success.
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Plug and play


SOLAR energy generation and storage solution provider Conergy has launched a new plug and play supply and storage system designed for remote locations that promises to reduce reliance on diesel generators by up to 70%.
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Job cuts slowing as oil rout end in sight


CHALLENGER, Gray & Christmas says the US oil industry has started slowing down the pace of planned payroll cuts and layoffs, just as financial services firm Fat Prophets called the bottom in oil despite Saudi Arabia “clearly wanting to push the price lower”.
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Dominion to close all coal ash ponds in Virginia


DOMINION Virginia Power will close all of the ash ponds at its Virginia power stations in compliance with standards established by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) coal combustion residuals rules.
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Coal costing billions in environmental damage: report


VICTORIA’S coal power stations are costing the public billions of dollars in health and environmental damage every year, according to Harvard University researchers.
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3sun acquires specialist rope access company


SPECIALIST products and services provider to the global energy industry, 3sun Group, has acquired AID Industrial, a company regarded as experts in industrial rope access.
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Worley takeover buzz


UNEXPECTED share prices gains in energy services player WorleyParsons have led to speculation it has become a takeover target.
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WA aims for low-impact criteria expansion


PUBLIC consultation is now open on proposed changes to Western Australia’s exploration framework which would expand the definition of low impact exploration, entitling more projects to application fee exemptions.
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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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China coal decline bad omen for Aussie coal, say Greens


NEW figures which show China imported 42% less coal in the first quarter of 2015 compared with the same period last year, means that demand for Australian coal should continue to fall, according to Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.
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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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Enerpac goes Ultraslim


SYDNEY bolting technologies firm Enerpac has launched UltraSlim torque wrenches for tight spaces that may not accommodate standard tools.
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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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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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Triple trouble for coal


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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 
Shenhua’s double-digit production cut


AN executive of leading thermal coal producer China Shenhua Energy flagged a possible production cut of up to 60 million tonnes per annum last week.
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MORE COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY

AGL axes CSG-linked irrigation project


Whitehaven’s star performers


Walsh not satisfied with Rio coal mines


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OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY 
Abbot Point acceleration


THE Queensland government has applied for federal environmental approval over its Abbot Point dredging plans to underpin an expansion of Adani’s coal terminal – with construction expected to start this calendar year.
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MORE OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY

Hassalls to hold global sale for Pike River assets


GLNG hits 95% mark


3sun acquires specialist rope access company


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COAL MARKETS 
Plug and play


SOLAR energy generation and storage solution provider Conergy has launched a new plug and play supply and storage system designed for remote locations that promises to reduce reliance on diesel generators by up to 70%.
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MORE COAL MARKETS

ARENA opens $20M grant round


Tenfold returns from EIS


Coal’s irreplaceability means more CO2: MI


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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 
Fears over flooded Chinese coal mine


A FLOODING event on Sunday has reportedly trapped 24 miners at a Chinese underground coal mine in Shanxi province after more than 220 people safely evacuated.
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MORE SAFETY AND HEALTH

US coal deaths at record low


Soma coal disaster trial starts


Ex-Massey chief wins more time


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ENVIRONMENT 
Dominion to close all coal ash ponds in Virginia


DOMINION Virginia Power will close all of the ash ponds at its Virginia power stations in compliance with standards established by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) coal combustion residuals rules.
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MORE ENVIRONMENT

Coal costing billions in environmental damage: report


WA aims for low-impact criteria expansion


China coal decline bad omen for Aussie coal, say 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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MORE EDUCATION

Coal Prep show to examine future of US coal


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