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Springvale springs back to life
(Monday, 29 December 2014)
CENTENNIAL Coal’s Springvale colliery has been given a fresh lease of life with the commissioning of its next-generation longwall. Lou Caruana reports.
Drilling in the right direction
(Friday, 7 October 2011)
MASTERMYNE has worked closely with Boart Longyear to develop the largest capacity directional drill rig in the industry.
went underground at Centennial Coal's Newstan colliery to inspect the LMC90 rig in action.
Mandalong productivity lifts it to exporter status
(Tuesday, 5 July 2011)
CENTENNIAL’s Mandalong mine located at Lake Macquarie in New South Wales is using greater productivity from its longwall operations to start exporting its coal to overseas customers.
Australian Longwall Magazine
recently visited the mine.
Inside Massey’s Aracoma: a new chapter
(Wednesday, 29 December 2010)
AFTER losing two valued crew members in 2006 to an incident involving a conveyor belt fire, Massey Energy’s Aracoma operation was targeted by a nationwide mine safety spotlight shone by regulators and industry critics.
Angus Place – Innovating in an extreme environment
(Tuesday, 21 December 2010)
Centennial Coal’s Angus Place colliery received two nominations for its innovations at the recent NSW Minerals Council Mine Safety awards in the Hunter Valley.
Australian Longwall Magazine
visited the mine to better understand the culture of innovation that has been nurtured at the colliery.
Walking a mile with Shoemaker
(Wednesday, 21 July 2010)
As it approaches 45 years of operation – and marks 35 years of longwall service this year – Consol Energy’s Shoemaker mine in northern West Virginia has tightened its safety and production laces for its prime, complete with new belt haulage infrastructure.
Austar the trailblazer
(Monday, 24 May 2010)
ABANDONED by Australia’s coal scene following the Christmas Day fire in 2003, Yancoal Australia’s Austar mine is shaking off industry misconceptions while assisting Bucyrus and the Chinese with innovations to the longwall top coal caving process.
Wongawilli: upcycling the longwall way
(Tuesday, 20 October 2009)
THE story of Australia’s newest, old longwall. By
Profiled: Consol’s Buchanan longwall
(Tuesday, 29 September 2009)
NEW York may be the city that never sleeps, but Mavisdale, Virginia, comes a close second as home to Consol Energy’s Buchanan mine, which is settling into its prime with a strong commitment to both safety and production while remaining among the company’s most efficient operations. By
Foundation’s Rockspring Camp Creek: full speed ahead
(Monday, 8 June 2009)
DESPITE being idled for nearly a decade in the 1980s and ’90s, the Rockspring complex in Wayne County, West Virginia, has come back with even greater force and boasts five sections – four of them supersections – as well as a strong safety trend and a healthy production level of 3 million tons. By
Moranbah North primed
(Tuesday, 21 April 2009)
WITHIN as little as six months, Anglo Coal’s Moranbah North mine will commission the world’s biggest powered roof supports and become one of the first operations to use LASC automation as part of a commercial installation.
Massey’s Mammoth effort
(Monday, 30 March 2009)
DESPITE plans for a very short lifespan, Massey Energy has high hopes for its brand-new central Appalachian gem and its crew’s ability to work safe, work hard and work well. By
Massey’s new vessel: Inman Coal’s USS Randolph
(Friday, 27 February 2009)
Many producers are trying their hand lately at developing reserves into the next great thing in an improving coal market, but few are tackling a collection of brand-new mines. Appalachian staple Massey Energy is doing just that, with work kicking off at its new Inman Coal USS Randolph operation and preparation facility
American Eagle soars
(Tuesday, 10 February 2009)
NESTLED in Appalachia, south of Charleston in West Virginia, the American Eagle mine has long been known to the coal mining community as a production staple and model of logistics and technology that continues to set new standards for all operations, new and old. By
Sprinting for excellence: Robinson Run
(Monday, 8 December 2008)
CONSOL Energy’s Robinson Run may be an older operation, but you would never know it from looking around beneath the surface. While some of its contemporaries are associated with traditionalism, this Northern Appalachia gem sets a new standard for production, logistics, technology and safety. By
Crinum East gains
(Thursday, 6 November 2008)
LIFE at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Crinum is looking bright with operations moving to the East this year, taking advantage of retrofitted roof supports, a punch longwall and a much improved conveyor system.
Cook’s continuous haulage success
(Tuesday, 4 November 2008)
ALMOST every major Australian coal mining company has had a crack at mining the Cook Colliery, but in the end it has taken one small company with a unique continuous haulage system to unlock the potential of the mine. By
Moranbah North’s world first
(Monday, 13 October 2008)
THE world’s biggest powered roof supports have arrived at Anglo Coal’s Moranbah North mine in Queensland.
Winchester: setting sights on success
(Wednesday, 24 September 2008)
ONE of the newest underground mines in the US, Remington Coal’s Winchester mine – which in July became a holding of Patriot Coal following its takeover of the mine’s owner, Magnum Coal – has the ideas, commitment and technology to carry it forward for years to come.
North Wambo Underground beginnings
(Tuesday, 5 August 2008)
AFTER acquiring the North Wambo Underground mine in its embryonic stage, Peabody Energy has grown the project into a producing mine that is ramping up to export 3 million tonnes of thermal coal to roaring Asian markets.
Deer Creek: Desert Oasis
(Thursday, 19 June 2008)
IT may be a mine-mouth operation to feed the electric generation needs of utility customers, but the skill exemplified by crews at Utah's Deer Creek Mine proves success comes down to one thing: performing to exceed one's own expectations while making it look easy to the rest of us. By
Bear Canyon clawing out new path
(Tuesday, 27 May 2008)
WITH changing geology and economic outlooks, more often heard are stories of operations which opt to disassemble a longwall face in favor of a room and pillar advancement method. Bear Canyon in central Utah is getting its feet wet doing exactly the opposite, experiencing the highs and lows of cutting its first longwall panels. By
Coming of age: Mandalong
(Monday, 5 May 2008)
HAVING cut its teeth on narrower panels, Mandalong is now reaching for 5Mtpa output with its wider 150m face and additional equipment from closed sister mine Newstan. By
Pike strives for summit
(Monday, 14 April 2008)
THE Paparoa Range on New Zealand’s South Island spans a picturesque landscape of sharp ridges and steep cliffs entwined with deeply incised rivers and streams – not an environment typically suited to underground coal mining. But perched on top of the mountain range, Pike River Coal has developed a unique mining operation.
The king of low coal
(Thursday, 27 March 2008)
THE mountains of southern West Virginia are known for a diverse collection of mines, including several low coal operations. The two room and pillar mines that make up Foundation Coal’s Kingston complex prove that both high level production and consistent safety are possible, no matter a mine’s seam height.
Big sister Bailey
(Monday, 17 March 2008)
SHE may be older than her longwall counterparts in the rolling hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, and similar in many ways to sister mine Enlow Fork, but Consol Energy's Bailey operation has practice in place for its own strong future with plenty of wisdom on productivity, process and safety to share.
American success in China
(Tuesday, 12 February 2008)
FOR almost seven years an American company has been negotiating uncharted territory to mine coal in China. It is now reaping the rewards of its hard work.
The three faces of Enlow Fork
(Monday, 4 February 2008)
THE production from one longwall face at a mine is significant. Consol Energy's 11 million tonne per annum Enlow Fork, with three working faces - the only active triple longwall operation in the US - and a half-dozen continuous miner sections is an immense undertaking the producing giant runs with a dignified ease.
Oaky Creek's evolution
(Friday, 9 November 2007)
Since its modest beginnings in 1983, the Oaky Creek coal complex has evolved into a multi-mine operation with several production records to its name and a recognised leader in the Australian longwall sector.
By Mika Thuijs
A horse of a new color
(Wednesday, 24 October 2007)
NESTLED amongst its sister mines in the southwestern mountains of West Virginia, Massey Energy's Horse Creek Eagle mine may only be one year old - but is already enjoying a productive, efficient rhythm that even mines in their prime are still seeking.
By Donna Caudill
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