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Coal News

$4m longwall automation project

21st September 2001 The Australian Coal Association (ACA) is funding a three-year $4-million research project into longwall automation. 

New system for coal-mine

21st September 2001 Coal-mining company Drummond has outfitted its Pribbenow coal-mine with the Intellimine system from Modular Mining Systems, a leader in high technology mine-management solutions. 

Big Colombian coal development on cards

20th September 2001 A consortium grouping Exxon Mobil, BHP Billiton, Glencore International and Anglo American will pay Colombia $12,5-million for a $145-million coal project, Colombian officials said. 

'Green' sulphate-treatment process

14th September 2001 While coal-mining contributes positively to the South African economy, it has a negative effect on the environment by polluting surface and underground water sources. 

Underground machinery for China

14th September 2001 Conducting business in China can be time consuming, particularly at the negotiation and contract finalisation stage.This has been German firm Deutsche Bergbau-Technik’s (DBT) experience over many years of securing contracts for its underground mining machinery. 

Contract with BEE mines

14th September 2001 Grinaker-LTA has expressed its delight to be working with black empowerment coal mining companies Eyesizwe Coal, which has purchased 80% of the assets of Newcoal, the coal mining company formed by Anglo Coal and Billiton Coal and BW Mining. 

Weighbridge upgrade completed

14th September 2001 West Rand firm SA Automation has upgraded its weighbridge systems at Zululand Anthracite Colliery, providing radio communication links to facilitate the integration of information into the management reporting system. 

Coal-line costs cut

14th September 2001 With many kilometres of rehabilitation work having already been completed on the vital coal-carrying railway line between Richards Bay and the Mpumalanga coalfields, Coal Link and contractors Protekon have been confronted with soft, wet areas along certain sections of the route which were causing... 

Aircon improves mine conditions

14th September 2001 The retrofitting of Booyco Engineering air-conditioning systems to two electric drive face shovels at the new Vaal Colliery has improved operating conditions, resulting in greater productivity. 

Second giant truck to mine

14th September 2001 The second 280-t alternating drive (ac) Euclid rigid-frame dump truck has been handed over to Kumba Resources’s Grootgeluk colliery. 

More trucks for colliery

14th September 2001 Another delivery of four Volvo articulated dump trucks (ADTs) from Babcock Equipment has been taken from Graspan Collieries, bringing the number of Volvos in its fleet to 18. 

Wheel-loaders to be supplied to contractor

14th September 2001 Secunda firm Khotso Batho Mining Services has taken delivery of six Liebherr wheel-loaders for use on a three-year contract at Sasol Coal Supply. 

Quality-management essential, says firm

14th September 2001 The world’s largest verification, testing and certification organisation, SGS is recognised as a global benchmark for the highest standards of expertise, quality and integrity. 

Rapid analysis of trace elements

14th September 2001 Trace element emissions from sources such as coal combustion are of concern with respect to potential health effects, reports UK firm IEA Coal Research. 

Strip mining gains popularity

14th September 2001 The extraction of coal pillars by strip mining is gaining popularity with the exhaustion of the primary resources of the South African coalfields, reports SRK Consulting Engineers and Scientists. 

New heavy-duty idler rollers

14th September 2001 One of the leading designers and manufacturers of idler rollers, conveyor structures and components for belt conveyor systems, Continental Meco, has introduced a new heavy-duty idler roller for use in bulk materials handling. 

Future technology in excavator upgrades

14th September 2001 Local company Reid and Mitchell has embarked on a new path in South African dragline upgrade history, with Contel Plus as its systems integrator for the upgrade of dragline control and programmable logic controller (PLC) systems. 

New loader cleans up colliery

14th September 2001 Part of the Kangra group, Taaiboschspruit Colliery, has acquired a Bobcat 753 skid-steer loader from distributors, Bobcat South Africa, a division of Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM), for clean-up operations in the washing plant. 

Colliery lands safety and quality codes

14th September 2001 The new Boschmanskrans Section of Douglas Colliery in the BHP Billiton group has become one of the elite number of companies worldwide to be certified simultaneously with all three major international safety, health, environment and quality (SheQ) codes. 

Pump runs two years maintenance free

14th September 2001 A booster pump supplied as part of the spray fan system on one of the continuous miners operating at Total Coal Holdings’ Forzando colliery near Bethal, Mpumalanga, has been operating continuously for over two-and-a-half years without requiring any repairs. 

Conveyor project nears end

14th September 2001 West Rand firm Nepean Conveyors is in the process of wrapping up a design, manufacture and installation contract which entailed the construction of eight conveyor systems at Matla Colliery, an Eyesizwe operation. 

Safer coal-tipping investigated

14th September 2001 As coal-mine safety legislation develops and transforms, operators will be investigating methods of product transport that offer an increased amount of safety and payload to be delivered quicker. 

From old mines to power generators

14th September 2001 The immediate future looks promising for UK firm Alkane Energy as its petroleum exploration and development licences issued by the British Government offer it a gas extraction monopoly within its licence areas for up to 31 years. 

Coal terminal expansion supported

14th September 2001 Transnet has announced its support of the proposal by Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) and South Dunes Coal Terminal to increase the capacity of the RBCT terminal in Kwazulu-Natal by some ten million tons of coal exports a year. 

A$425m coking-coal project goes ahead

14th September 2001 Mining giant Rio Tinto and its joint venture partners are continuing the development of the A$425-million Hail Creek coal project, in central Queensland, Australia. 

Drillrods continue to perform well

14th September 2001 Another case of good performance from JKS Boyles Platinum series Tuff Rods has been recorded at Sasol Coal. 

Collaborative coal study begins yielding results

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2001 A collaborative research initiative launched in 1999 by coal-mining houses and research and educational institutions is already producing positive results for the industry which, of late, has increasingly become aware of the need to surmount certain technical hurdles to retain its position as a... 

Swiss group in new facility era

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 SWISS-based mining group Xstrata saw the commissioning of a number of important new facilities during the first half of this year. 

Gauteng's mining heritage is fading away

By: Keith Campbell     24th August 2001 Johannesburg's – and Gauteng's – rich mining and minerals heritage is being lost through neglect. 

Coal-boosted BHP Billiton accelerates oil and gas

21st August 2001 Old King Coal has proved a merry soul for the newly-merged South African-linked BHP Billiton – but it’ll be its entire energy capability including oil and gas which will be made to accelerate going forward. Even the new logo is oily. 

Competitiveness plan for Poland’s coal sector

9th August 2001 The World Bank has approved a 112,8-million euro ($100-million) second hard-coal sector adjustment loan (SECAL 2) to support the implementation of the Polish government's revised hard-coal sector reform programme and help the country to transform the coal industry into a competitive and... 

New system simplifies coal tagging

3rd August 2001 Simplicity has once again proved to be the source of inspiration with the development of Supertracer, a tagging system using small plastic marbles containing transducers, which is set to change the way coal producers operate. 

Coal pockets provide empowerment lever

3rd August 2001 Pockets of unmined coal remaining in South Africa’s largest coalfields are expected to present a substantial opportunity for emerging companies in the mining sector, of which there are precious few at present. 

Hardrock drill adjusted for use in coal-mine

3rd August 2001 A drill dig that has been redesigned for use in underground collieries to penetrate stone dykes is proving its worth at Anglo Coal’s Goedehoop colliery, near Witbank in Mpumalanga. 

Tender this month for coal-reserves study

3rd August 2001 The State tender board was expected to issue the tender for a countrywide coal reserve study this week. 

Second of three giant trucks delivered

20th July 2001 The second 280 t AC drive Euclid rigid-frame dump truck has been delivered to Iscor’s Grootegeluk Colliery, in the Northern Province. 

R3bn Oz coal-project gets go-ahead

20th July 2001 BHP Billiton said this month that it would start a $411-million or about R3,3-billion project to develop the Mount Arthur North open-cut thermal coal-mine in the Upper Hunter Valley, in New South Wales, Australia. 

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