Metallurgical coal

Sep 11, 2020
Setback for coal safety inquiry

Setback for coal safety inquiry

The findings of an inquiry into a blast at the Grosvenor longwall and other gas incidents in underground coal mines have been put back six months. An interim report indicates the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry regards the goaf as being of particular interest as the most likely source of the methane that ignited on the face at Grosvenor in May. Board of Inquiry chair Terry Martin sa...

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Sep 10, 2020
NSW opens coal mine explosives testing facility

NSW opens coal mine explosives testing facility

Australia’s only independent underground mine explosives testing facility has opened on the New South Wales Central Coast. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro this week launched the first round of explosive testing at the new facility, which will operate under the management of the Mine Safety Technology Centre within the NSW Resources Regulator. Mr Barilaro said th...

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Sep 04, 2020
Anglo analytics hub to enhance operations

Anglo analytics hub to enhance operations

Anglo American has revealed plans for a new Met Coal Analytics Centre to help drive safety and transform its underground operations as it works towards the Grosvenor mine restart in 2021. The centre, to be based in Anglo American’s Brisbane office, will bring together operational, engineering and data science experts to look at major challenges and opportunities in its mines. The first pr...

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Sep 02, 2020
Coal company signs up for renewable power supply

Coal company signs up for renewable power supply

BHP has signed a deal that will see it meet half of the electricity needs across its Queensland coal mines from low-emissions sources, including solar and wind. The company says the renewable power purchasing agreement will help it halve emissions from electricity use in its Queensland operations by 2025, based on FY2020 levels. The agreement, with state-owned clean energy generator and re...

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Aug 28, 2020
Positive coal quality findings for Hillalong North

Positive coal quality findings for Hillalong North

New washability and coal quality results from the Hillalong North project confirm potential for high quality coking coal at excellent yields, Bowen Coking Coal says. The company said today that early assessment had also confirmed the potential to produce various coking coal products, offering significant flexibility whilst maximising profitability. “The washability tests have indicated th...

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Aug 24, 2020
Stanmore builds on Isaac Downs coal resource

Stanmore builds on Isaac Downs coal resource

Stanmore Coal has increased the mineral resource estimate for its Isaac Downs project to 36 million tonnes as a result of exploration work over the past 18 months. The announcement comes after the $90 million mining project near Moranbah was declared a prescribed project earlier this month, with construction tipped to begin in early 2021. Stanmore said work undertaken for its bankable feas...

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Aug 19, 2020
Coronado boosts its coffers as COVID-19 hits coal sales

Coronado boosts its coffers as COVID-19 hits coal sales

Curragh mine operator Coronado Global Resources has successfully completed a $240 million capital raising to boost its balance sheet. It comes after the company reported a net loss after tax of $US123.2 million in its half-year results, released last week. “The placement and institutional entitlement offer were well received by the market with strong demand from new and existing institut...

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Aug 18, 2020
BHP to offload BMC Queensland coal assets

BHP to offload BMC Queensland coal assets

BHP has flagged plans to offload the Bowen Basin metallurgical coal mines it owns in joint venture with Japan’s Mitsui and Co. In its annual results presentation today the company said it would pursue options to divest its interests in BHP Mitsui Coal (BMC) as well as thermal coal businesses New South Wales Energy Coal and the Cerrejón mine in Colombia. BHP holds an 80 per cent stak...

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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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