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Coal News

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. 

Coal laboratory commercialised

By: Laura Franz     13th July 2001 Since several national standards organisations have commercialised their conformity-assessment activities in the last five years, including the British Standards Institute, Standards Australia, and Standards and Industrial Institute of Malaysia, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has... 

Shaftsinking contract awarded for coal-mine

13th July 2001 The raiseboring arm of international mining contracting group RUC has been awarded a vertical shaftsinking contract at Sasol Coal’s existing Middelbult mine, in Secunda, Mpumalanga. 

Boost for A-grade steam-coal project

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 State-owned Eskom Enterprises, Anker Coal, and Sebenza Mining are continuing to pursue their proposal to export A-grade steam-coal to the European market, a venture which could result in the export of three-million tons to this market and the sale of two-million tons inland a year. 

Tenders in three months for R600m coal terminal

28th June 2001 Tenders for the expansion of the R600-million Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) are expected to be invited three months after official project go-ahead. 

Mine life extension has potential R25bn income

28th June 2001 For every year the Witbank-Highveld Coalfield's life can be extended, a potential income of R25-billion can be realised – an ideal which is within reach following the progress the Coaltech 2020 programme has made to date. 

Mpumalanga coal-mine study progress

27th June 2001 Although the arrival of natural gas on-stream at Sasol Synthetic Fuel’s Secunda complex is set for 2004, this is not expected to diminish the quantity of coal used by the valuable petrochemicals site in the foreseeable future. 

High-tech products for coal-mines

By: System Author     22nd June 2001 East Rand firm Micron Scientific has obtained the international distribution rights to distribute a range of products for coal-mines. 

New conveyor carries 8,5-m t

22nd June 2001 The 13,4 km overland conveyor system supplied to Middelburg Mine Services in Mpumalanga by Bateman has now been in operation for several months, and has already carried in excess of 8,5 million t of coal. 

Mine life extension has potential R25-bn income

22nd June 2001 For every year the Witbank-Highveld Coalfield’s life can be extended, a potential income of R25-billion can be realised - an ideal which is within reach following the progress the Coaltech 2020 programme has made to date. 

Global coal market attracts entrepreneurs

22nd June 2001 The international coal market is in a boom at present, and there are more requests for coal exports than the amount of coal producers can allocate to export. 

Billion tons for coal terminal

22nd June 2001 The largest and most advanced bulk-handling facility of its kind in the world, the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, has exported more than a billion tons of coal during its 50-year existence. 

Firm proves bigger not always better

22nd June 2001 After only four years of operation, local company Coal Milling Projects (CMP) has built an enviable reputation in the coal-milling field. 

South Africa to lead coal standard

22nd June 2001 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is being awarded management of the ISO TC 27 Secretariat – the technical committee that sets the standards worldwide for the sampling, analysis and classification of coal and coke. 

Environment-friendly system installed

22nd June 2001 With Fer-Min-Ore's totally-enclosed pulverised fuel-milling and preparation system, the coal does not see the light of day from when it is fed into the system by a weighfeeder to the moment it bursts into flame, providing the process with a clean, responsive, inexpensive, low-maintenance energy... 

E Cape coal project back on radar screen 

22nd June 2001 Local company Elitheni Coal and Marubeni Europower, of the UK, have negotiated a joint venture to exploit the low-grade coal deposits in Indwe, in the Eastern Cape, to supply steam to the local industry. 

Autodilution systems improve efficiency

22nd June 2001 Process equipment manufacturer GL&V Dorr-Oliver has installed and commissioned its first two DynaCharge autodilution systems in Southern Africa, at Ingwe Coal's Middelburg mine in Mpumalanga. 

Ford to drive Aussie coal

15th June 2001 The Australian division of coal-miner Anglo Coal has appointed Eric Ford, a long-term Anglo American executive with extensive mining experience including over 20 years in Anglo Coal, as its new CEO. 

New black-owned coal-mine on way

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2001 South Africa’s-fourth largest coal company wants to increase its production of 18,4-million tons of coal a year, to between 30-million to 40-million tons in five years. 

SA junior bids for Zambian coal

14th June 2001 Four bids have been received for Zambia’s Maamba Collieries (MCL), of which one is from a South Africa company. 

Big coal-reserves study

12th June 2001 South Africa can expect a more accurate reflection of its coal reserves with the completion of a new reserve study expected in 2003. 

Black-empowerment deals show evergreen spirit of coal veteran

8th June 2001 Sebenza Mining's client and joint-venture partner, Andr 

Plans to bring old coal-mine back to life in Mpumalanga

8th June 2001 A defunct Mpumalanga coal-mine is to be taken off care-and-maintenance and reworked. 

How black-empowerment's mould is about to be broken

8th June 2001 One of South Africa's most successful black-owned companies is breaking the architypal black-empowerment mould, Mining Weekly can today report. 

New CEO appointed

5th June 2001 The board of directors of Xstrata has revealed that current Billiton chief financial officer Mick Davis will assume the position of CEO from October 1, 2001. 

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