International Longwall News – North American Bulletin – Wednesday, 8 February 2012

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Headline Stories – Wednesday, 8 February 2012

* Mixed futures for idle Alpha mines, workers
WHILE many of the mines impacted by Alpha Natural Resources’
output cuts announcement late last week will see a return to normal
operations “relatively swiftly”, a company official tells
ILN others may be more difficult to bring back – and some
will be permanently closed.

* Glencore, Xstrata unveil Swiss mega-merger
AS EXPECTED, Glencore and Xstrata have announced a $US90 billion ($A84
billion) merger to create a mining and commodities trading behemoth.
This also is the biggest global mining deal since Rio Tinto’s
$US38.1 billion takeover of Alcan in 2007.

* Pressurized fluid systems spotlighted after fatal Virginia accident
THE US Mine Safety and Health Administration has released a series of
best practices for pressurized systems and locking and tagging out
valves for repairs after a worker died last month from injuries
received at a Virginia longwall mine.

* SolveIT Software partners up with Xstrata
SOLVEIT Software has signed a contract with Xstrata Coal Queensland,
enabling the miner to use technology to optimise the Newlands,
Collinsville, and Abbot Point mine-to-port supply chain.

* Colombian government stays permit delays
COLOMBIA’S energy ministry has reportedly extended a temporary
suspension on incoming mine permits for new concessions in order to
deal with a permit backlog.

* BHP’s NSW operations outshine Qld
BHP’s Illawarra Coal in New South Wales is emerging as a more
significant producer of coking coal for the diversified minerals group
as its Queensland coal operations struggle with geotechnology problems
at Gregory Crinum and remain deadlocked in industrial disputes over
enterprise agreements.

* Buffett bets on coal

COAL rail shipper Burlington Northern Santa Fe, owned by American
business magnate Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, announced
an 11% year-on-year increase to its capital plan as it works to
enhance its coal capacity.

* LD Operations gets final Vasse knockback
WESTERN Australian Environment Minister Bill Marmion has ended LD
Operations’ hopes of developing its Vasse underground coal mine
in Margaret River after giving a final “no” to the

* Liberty expands into Blue Mountain country
LIBERTY Coal Energy is branching out from its Powder River Basin focus
into Appalachia with a mine acquisition in eastern Kentucky.


* Palmer flags PNG deal with Exxon
MINING magnate Clive Palmer could farm-out stakes of up to three
offshore petroleum prospecting licences in Papua New Guinea to PNG LNG
project operator ExxonMobil.


* Strata launches ‘proximity ready’ install kits
STRATA Worldwide has announced the introduction of a “proximity
ready” cable and mount kit to prepare machines in production or
rebuild for future installation of HazardAvert proximity detection and
collision avoidance systems.

* Flexco precleaner saves replacement downtime
FLEXCO has released the Mineline MHCP heavy-duty cartridge precleaner,
which features a stainless steel design for greater corrosion
resistance in underground coal mines and has been developed to help
avoid unnecessary downtime.


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