Bowen Basin

Aug 18, 2020
Inquiry delves gap in safety recording systems

Inquiry delves gap in safety recording systems

Anglo American’s Grasstree mine was promoted internally as having achieved zero High Potential Incidents in 2019, when the Department of Natural Resources and Mines documented 55 HPIs, an inquiry has heard. The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry has touched more than once on the fact that Anglo uses its own HPI system, in line with the company’s global operations. This diff...

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Aug 17, 2020
Anglo boss denies safety trade-off for production

Anglo boss denies safety trade-off for production

Anglo American globally had set targets to double cashflow by 2023, and for its Moranbah North and Grosvenor mines to lift production to a combined total of 24Mtpa, a safety inquiry has heard. Metallurgical coal business chief executive officer Tyler Mitchelson was questioned during Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry hearings today over ‘the Anglo American Burning Ambition’ c...

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Aug 17, 2020
QCoal applauded for Indigenous job rates

QCoal applauded for Indigenous job rates

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has applauded QCoal’s Indigenous participation rates at the company’s Byerwen coal mine in Central Queensland. QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said QCoal’s Indigenous representation at its Bowen Basin mine was 12 per cent which was three times the industry average. “Indigenous people comprise 4 per cent of the State’s workforce in resource...

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Aug 17, 2020
Stratanet offers lightweight cladding alternative

Stratanet offers lightweight cladding alternative

Wilson Mining has released a new polypropylene alternative to steel mesh for roof and wall cladding applications in underground mines. The Mastermyne-owned company describes Stratanet as a lightweight, corrosion-resistant and multi-directional high-strength alternative to steel. A honeycomb design helps to distribute the load of any loose debris, having undergone several iterations to prov...

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Aug 15, 2020
Copper dragline cable gives local charities a lift

Copper dragline cable gives local charities a lift

Three Mackay charities have received a donation from Stanmore Coal after a discarded, 4.2 tonne copper dragline cable was sold for recycling, raising close to $8000.    Isaac Plains dragline supervisor Dave Straw was the brains behind the idea, and selected suicide prevention group, Suicide and Spirituality; Special Olympics Mackay; and junior teams at the Mackay Magpies Norther...

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Aug 12, 2020
Pressure on contractors a safety concern, inquiry told

Pressure on contractors a safety concern, inquiry told

Pressure on contractors to get the job done as quickly as possible was a key factor behind many safety issues, a Grasstree coal mine employee has told the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry. Grasstree deputy and Site Safety and Health Representative (SSHR) Richard Harris also believed the reporting culture could be a lot better at the mine. “In my experience, it is mainly contrac...

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Aug 12, 2020
Special project status for Isaac Downs

Special project status for Isaac Downs

Stanmore Coal’s $90 million Isaac Downs mining project near Moranbah has been declared a prescribed project. Regional Development Minister Glenn Butcher said the project would provide ongoing long-term employment for workers at the region’s existing Isaac Plains mining complex as well as new jobs and economic growth. “Pending all necessary approvals and Stanmore Coal’s...

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Aug 10, 2020
Conveyor contract awarded as Aquila advances

Conveyor contract awarded as Aquila advances

Fenner Dunlop ACE has been contracted to deliver an overland conveyor system for Anglo American’s $415 million-plus Aquila coal project, near Middlemount in the Bowen Basin. The new contract will see Fenner Dunlop ACE undertake the complete design, supply and installation of the ACV002 overland conveyor. Works will include the overland structure, belting, electrics and an elevated stacke...

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Aug 09, 2020
Glencore rolls out coal mine stoppages to cut volume

Glencore rolls out coal mine stoppages to cut volume

Glencore has announced temporary shutdowns at its Newlands and Collinsville coal operations. Workers will be required to take leave to co-incide with the September school holidays. It is part of a push to reduce Australian coal volumes by about seven million tonnes against a backdrop of poor returns. The company also plans to roll out temporary production shutdowns across a number of...

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