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  • May Issue of Coalface

    May Issue of Coalface

    Welcome to May’s FULL issue of Coalface. We’d love you to share, download and read all of our back issues. The download is between 15MB and 20MB.Click here to view the magazine.

     
  • Kal Tyres opens in Hunter Valley

    Kal Tyres opens in Hunter Valley

    Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group has established itself in Muswellbrook, with the opening of a new mining tyre repair facility—the first of several moves the company expects to make as it expands its service to the east coast. “Kal Tire has been supporting the Western Australian mining industry for many […]

     
  • Lower Hunter Air Quality study

    Lower Hunter Air Quality study

    The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) shared the findings of two major studies into air quality in the Lower Hunter at a recent public forum in Newcastle. The Lower Hunter Particles Characterisation Study and the Dust Deposition Study were carried over 2014 and 2015 and were designed to provide clear, […]

     
  • Rio blasts cop $15K fine

    Rio blasts cop $15K fine

    The Department of Planning and Environment has fined Rio Tinto  for exceeding approved blasting limits at its Hunter Valley Operations (HVO) South coal mine. A report from HVO confirmed one of its blasts caused an airblast wave measuring 125.78dB(L) at the Warkworth Village monitor on February 25. The company must ensure blasts […]

     
  • Newcrest’s golden quarter

    Newcrest’s  golden quarter

    Gold miner Newcrest Mining has reported a 2.6% increase in gold production for the three months to March. The company’s Cadia operation, near Orange, delivered a full quarter of production. Gold production increased to 636 521 oz in the quarter, from 620 691 oz delivered in the previous quarter, while copper […]

     
  • EPA to present air quality findings at public meeting

    EPA to present air quality findings at public meeting

      EPA to present finding of Lower Hunter Air Quality Studies at public meeting The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will be presenting the findings of two major studies into air quality in the Lower Hunter at a public forum in Newcastle on Wednesday. The Lower Hunter Particles Characterisation Study […]

     
  • Rio’s robust first quarter results

    Rio’s robust first quarter results

    Speculation that Rio Tinto may be ramping up semi-soft coking coal production at its Hunter Valley mine operations ahead of their possible sale at a premium price comes as the company releases robust first quarter results. Rio Tinto’s March quarter semi-soft coking coal production of 1.1 million tonnes was 47% higher […]

     
  • HUNTER VALLEY SET FOR BIG CASH BOOST

    Aurizon - hauling coal from the Dawson Mine on hte Moura line

    The Hunter Valley economy is set for another cash injection next week, as the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) undertakes around $20 million worth of rail maintenance work along the coal chain’s rail corridor. ARTC’s annual maintenance program in the Hunter Valley pumps more than $100 million into the local Hunter economy every […]

     
  • New hard rock quarry and jobs for NSW

    New hard rock quarry and jobs for  NSW

    A new hard rock quarry will be constructed near Coraki on the state’s Far North Coast after the Department of Planning and Environment approved the project. The quarry has been approved to extract a maximum of 1,000,000 tonnes of basalt per year for up to seven years, creating new jobs for […]

     
  • Maules Creek thermal coal achieved 7% premium

    Maules Creek thermal coal achieved 7% premium

    THERMAL coal from Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek open cut coal mine in New South Wales achieved a 7% premium over Newcastle benchmark price in H1 FY2016, the company said in a recent presentation. “These high yielding, high quality coals are sold into the premium Asian seaborne markets.“Whitehaven produces some of […]

     
  • Anglo American opens up heritage homestead to the public

    Anglo American opens up heritage homestead to the public

    Anglo American will open the doors to its historical property Plashett Homestead to the public as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival , a national celebration of Australia’s unique heritage. On Saturday and Sunday April 16 & 17, members of the public will have the opportunity to discover one of […]

     
  • Wollongong Coal cash advance offers reprieve

    Wollongong Coal cash advance offers reprieve

     Illawarra coal producer Wollongong Coal has been given a reprieve with an extension of its credit facility as it determines whether it should proceed with its Russell Vale underground expansion project. Wollongong Coal has had its cash advance facility increased and renewed. The miner’s short-term drawdown facility for cash advances, […]

     
  • Peabody Energy bankrupt but no jobs lost

    Peabody Energy bankrupt but no jobs lost

    Global coal giant Peabody Energy has declared bankruptcy with the company assuring the Australian operations will trade as normal. The  world’s largest privately held coal company’s Australian assets  will continue to trade with no mine closures or job losses expected here, despite the group filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection […]

     
  • The future of coal shines bright at coal festival launch

    Mick Buffier at the lecturn

    What is the future of coal? There is one and it’s positive says world coal leader. Experts at the Hunter Valley Coal Festival’s mining leaders lunch, held in Singleton last Friday,  spoke of a positive future for coal but said the industry faced a future not without its challenges. The event […]

     
  • Knights suit up for miners on Sunday

    Knights suit up for miners on Sunday

    Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown has named a 19-man squad for Sunday’s special Voice for Mining round six match against the Wests Tigers at Hunter Stadium. (APRIL 6 2016) Tariq Sims, who returns from suspension, is named in the starting side with Jacob Saifiti moving onto an extended bench. Sione Mata’utia […]

     
  • Developer of Bylong coal mine slashes projected job numbers

    Developer of Bylong coal mine slashes projected job numbers

    The Korean company behind a major coal mine being proposed for central west New South Wales will not rule out further reducing its workforce predictions, after slashing the number of jobs from 800 to 665. Kepco wants to build open cut and underground mines in the Bylong Valley, north-east of […]

     
  • Australian manufacturing streak continues: 9th straight month of growth

    Australian manufacturing streak continues: 9th straight month of growth

    Australian manufacturing has recorded both a ninth straight month of growth and the best monthly expansion since April 2004, according to the Australian Industry Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index survey results. The sector “surged” in March, notes the Ai Group, with the overall PMI up 4.6 points to 58.1. Any result […]

     
  • WCA report finds high efficiency low emission coal-fired power generation mitigates more CO2 emissions than renewables

    WCA report finds high efficiency low emission coal-fired power generation mitigates more CO2 emissions than renewables

    London – The World Coal Association (WCA) this week announced the publication of the new flagship report “The Power of High Efficiency Coal”. The report demonstrates the impact deploying high efficiency low emission (HELE) coal technologies has on delivering affordable energy while reducing CO2 emissions. Significant findings from the report include: […]

     
  • Mining’s Economic Contribution to New England and Northern NSW Grows

    Mining’s Economic Contribution to New England and Northern NSW Grows

    Mining has increased its contribution to the economic strength of the New England and Northern region of NSW, according to the NSW Minerals Council’s latest Expenditure Survey for the 2014/15 financial year. “This survey, now completed for a fourth year, demonstrates the scale of mining’s growing contribution to the New England region and […]

     
  • Fine doubled on appeal for mine worker injury

    Fine doubled on appeal for mine worker injury

    The fine on Glencore’s Bulga coal mine for breaching work safety conditions has been doubled to $100,000 on appeal in the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal. The New South Wales Prosecutor was successful in the appeal on 11 March 2016 in relation to cross appeals from a judgment of […]

     
  • Yancoal’s regional operating model

    Yancoal’s regional operating model

    YANCOAL’s mine sites will continue to share systems and processes under its new regional operating model following its decision to move its Donaldson underground coal mine in New South Wales to care and maintenance in June. While the company will be implementing employee and staff training to support the core […]

     
  • More police powers for protestors

    More police powers for protestors

    NEW South Wales police are getting increased powers to deal with illegal protests on mining sites and protestors face stiffer fines under a bill being introduced to the NSW Parliament. This move comes in response to a spate of actions where protestors have trespassed on property and interfered with mining […]

     
  • TOCAL BACK AND GETTING BIGGER

    TOCAL BACK AND GETTING BIGGER

    The Tocal Field Days is set to debut on April 29th, 30th & 1st May. With a focus on entertainment and family fun, Tocal Field Day will offer all the staples of an agricultural show with art and activities taking centre stage.   Visitors, exhibitors, farmers and sponsors will be treated to […]

     
  • Dubbo’s billion dollar boon

    Alkane Resources Chief Operations Officer Nic Earner and General Manager NSW Mike Sutherland welcome the PAC’s review of the Dubbo Zirconia Project

    A Billion-dollar project in the State’s central west to mine rare metals and rare earths has now passed its final hurdle and will go ahead.   “The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has granted an Environment Protection Licence to Alkane Resources after the company had already been granted  a Mining Lease […]

     
  • Feedback sought on Illawarra Coal

    Feedback sought on Illawarra Coal

    THE New South Wales Department of Planning is seeking feedback on Illawarra Coal’s application for further approval under the Subsidence Management Plan (SMP) for Area 3B of its Dendrobium coal mine.  The Department of Planning and Environment is seeking community feedback on Illawarra Coal’s application for further approval under the […]

     
  • Underground roof bolting injuries reviewed

    Underground roof bolting injuries reviewed

    NSW Mine Safety engaged a mechanical engineering consultant to review the number of injuries that have occurred as a result of roof bolting in underground coal mines. Mine Safety has published a Safety Bulletin following a review of roof bolting injuries in underground mines between 2009 and 2015 that resulted […]

     
  • Tender for mine safety reforms

    Tender for mine safety reforms

    Improving the safety and performance of the NSW mining industry is a priority for the NSW Government. Since its establishment in July 2014, the Division of Resources and Energy Compliance and Enforcement branch has been pivotal in achieving the reforms required by the NSW Government in building a trusted regulator for […]

     
  • International speaker for Mine Rehab Conference

    Keep Australia Beautiful National Association Clean Beaches Awards at Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. (Photo: Matt Roberts/mattrimages.com.au)

    The best of Indonesia, France and Australia will be among the speakers at the Sixth Annual Mine Rehabilitation Conference held in Singleton on Thursday, April 7. Te conference is run in partnership with the Hunter Coal Festival and with support from NSW OEH and the Department of Industry.  The bill has scored some of the big names […]

     
  • Mining leaders talk co-existence

    Mining leaders talk co-existence

    The future of co-existence between mining and the community will be in focus at the Hunter Coal Festival’s Mining Leaders Lunch. Drawing together the mining industry and its suppliers in what is being promoted as the mining lunch of the year and an event not to be missed, the lunch will feature […]

     
  • Mining awareness campaign launched

    Mining awareness campaign launched

    Mining operations use just 0.1 per cent of land in NSW while providing jobs to tens of thousands of families. The industry continues to co-exist with regional neighbours including beef and wheat farms, and mine rehabilitation in NSW is world class, often returning the land to better than it was prior […]

     
  • 290 jobs gone at Mt Arthur

    290 jobs gone at Mt Arthur

    BHP Billiton will axe almost 300 jobs from its Mount Arthur coal mine, citing  prolonged decline of global thermal coal prices.   Hunter miners have been dealt another massive blow with Tuesday’s announcement that one of the region’s largest mines will axe more jobs. BHP Billiton’s Mt Arthur Coal mine near Muswellbrook […]

     
  • Maules Creek under the microscope

    Maules Creek under the microscope

    A team of 28 ecologists to monitor and supervise approved vegetation clearing during February. Whitehaven will carry out vegetation clearing at Maules Creek during February, consistent with the approved Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) for the site. This next phase of clearing will be conducted with the on site participation of the relevant NSW government authorities. […]

     
  • Yancoal mine closure, 92 jobs in doubt

    Yancoal mine closure, 92 jobs in doubt

    Yancoal announced Donaldson coal mining to stop in June, amid a sustained downturn in global coal markets. The company today announced mining work at its Donaldson operation in the Hunter Valley will cease, a decision that could result in about 92 job losses from its 103-person workforce at the mine. The […]

     
  • Supplier spotlight: Radical Torque

    Supplier spotlight: Radical Torque

    Radical Torque Solutions (RTS) are a dynamic torque tool company from the Hunter Valley with a growing presence throughout the Australasian region. RTS pride itself on being a market leader and their mission is in providing all customers with a complete bolting solution coupled with the highest level of customer […]

     
  • $32mill for mining communities

    $32mill for mining communities

    Regional and rural communities affected by mining can now apply for a share of $32 million made available by the NSW Government through the Resources for Regions Program. Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro is encouraging local communities to work together to develop strong applications for funding. “Applications to fund […]

     
  • Light Horns reduce noise at Mt Thorley

    Light Horns reduce noise at Mt Thorley

    Silent lights have replaced horns at Coal and Allied’s Mount Thorley Warkworth mine in a bid to reduce night noise for neighbours.   The new system of light horns in place of noisey horns is helping to reduce noise during night-time operations for neighbouring properties with the entire fleet of […]

     
  • BHP falls in the red with $7.8 billion loss

    BHP falls in the red with $7.8 billion loss

    Global mining giant BHP Billiton has posted a half-year loss of $US5.7 billion ($7.84 billion), with the interim dividend slashed by about three-quarters. The company’s sliding first-half result came from a 37 per cent drop in revenue to $US15.7 billion. BHP Billiton has said it now believes “the period of […]

     
  • court action

    The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has taken court action against Centennial Coal subsidiary Charbon Coal, after a compliance investigation at the Charbon coal mine near Kandos, in the state’s central west. A sentencing hearing for the matter has been listed for August 2016 A Department spokesperson said the […]

     
 
 
 
 
 
 

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