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1 September 2015
 


Union backlash against 300 Blackwater job cuts


THE BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance had gone too far in the casualisation of the workforce at the Blackwater coal mine in central Queensland with its intention to contract out 300 permanent and secure jobs at the mine, according to union leaders who are planning action against the decision.
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Indonesia’s energy conundrum


INDONESIA needs to keep its eye on non-renewable energy sources like coal because President Joko Widodo’s dreams of turning his country into a geothermal wonderland still have plenty of roadblocks ahead, Perth consultancy Future Directions International said.
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Greens to take Shenhua Watermark issue back to Canberra


AUSTRALIAN Greens leader Richard Di Natale visited the site of the Shenhua Watermark coal mine in New South Wales last Friday and has vowed to make its approval a federal issue.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Coal M&A predicted to rise as prices slump and growth projects prove difficult; Bradken open to offers again as Chilean merger fails to spark; and WA chills as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Fortescue cut $20B spending.
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Metgasco still trapped in bureaucratic limbo


IN ordinary circumstances the holder of the largest certified reserves should be pleased with discussions about building a pipeline from the Northern Territory to serve the New South Wales domestic market – it shows how desperate the state is ¨– yet Metgasco has posted another loss as the state continues to prevaricate about its domestic gas business.
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McAleese to diversify following $91M loss


MCALEESE Group has posted a $A90.9 million loss, but its shares were up 21% this afternoon on a financial report that outlined positive cashflow through the tough conditions.
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PR firm battles coal client


THE decade-long relationship between flak catchers Professional Public Relations and Peter Landau has come crashing down, with PPR seeking to wind up suspended South African=-focused Continental Coal and several other explorers recently.
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Victoria unprepared for unconventionals: AGO


THE entry of Victoria’s Auditor-General’s Office intervention the state’s ongoing unconventional gas debate was unconventional itself, with Auditor-General John Doyle saying that the state is unprepared to deal with any risks or negative impacts of the industry if the three-year-old moratorium is lifted.
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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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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.
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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 
Indonesia’s energy conundrum


INDONESIA needs to keep its eye on non-renewable energy sources like coal because President Joko Widodo’s dreams of turning his country into a geothermal wonderland still have plenty of roadblocks ahead, Perth consultancy Future Directions International said.
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MORE COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY

Metgasco still trapped in bureaucratic limbo


Fatality at Boggabri prompts risk management call


Bridgeport Energy executes terms sheet


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OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY 
McAleese to diversify following $91M loss


MCALEESE Group has posted a $A90.9 million loss, but its shares were up 21% this afternoon on a financial report that outlined positive cashflow through the tough conditions.
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MORE OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY

PR firm battles coal client


Boart boss resigns after half-year loss


Expanding MACA posts $54M profit


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COAL MARKETS 
Union backlash against 300 Blackwater job cuts


THE BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance had gone too far in the casualisation of the workforce at the Blackwater coal mine in central Queensland with its intention to contract out 300 permanent and secure jobs at the mine, according to union leaders who are planning action against the decision.
Full Story...


MORE COAL MARKETS

No joy for Hunter job growth with Integra acquisition


BHP, Cockatoo and the ornamental snake


Carbon floor price hits UK coal


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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 
Greens to take Shenhua Watermark issue back to Canberra


AUSTRALIAN Greens leader Richard Di Natale visited the site of the Shenhua Watermark coal mine in New South Wales last Friday and has vowed to make its approval a federal issue.
Full Story...


MORE ENVIRONMENT

High-profile miners make gecko shortlist


NSW Enviro Dept gives Drayton South approval


Union joins Centennial in protest over Springvale delays


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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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