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Court Levies Hefty Jail Sentences for Soma Mine Disaster

An Akhisar district court in the Turkish province of Aegean Manisa handed out four prison sentences relating to the Soma coal mine disaster, where 301 miners perished in the country’s deadliest mine disaster during May 2014. On...

Whitehaven Selects Hitachi for Autonomous Haulage System

Hitachi announced an agreement with Australia’s largest independent coal miner, Whitehaven Coal to collaborate on the design and implementation of an Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) to support the company’s mining operations in...

NTEC Buys Interest in Four Corners Power Plant

Navajo Transitional Energy Co. (NTEC) has acquired a 7% ownership interest in units 4 and 5 of the Four Corners Power Plant (FCPP). NTEC purchased the interest from 4C Acquisition LLC (4CA), an affiliate of Arizona Public...

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Rhino Reports Net Loss for Q1 2018

Rhino Resource Partners announced its financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31. For the quarter, the partnership reported a net loss of $2.8 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $4.5 million, compared to a net...

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Port Waratah Scraps T4 Project

Port Waratah Coal Services have advised the Port of Newcastle that it intends to allow the Terminal 4 Agreement for Lease to lapse when it expires in August 2019. This means that Port Waratah does not intend to proceed with the...

Australian Coal Prices Hit 6-year High

Australian thermal coal prices have risen to their highest level since 2012 as hot weather across North Asia spurs buying ahead of the peak-summer demand season. Spot prices for thermal coal from Australia’s Newcastle terminal...

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Martin Engineering Opens Facility in Australia

Martin Engineering opened a factory owned manufacturing facility in Queensland, Australia. The new facility will provide direct sales, service, training and manufacturing to the rapidly growing Australian mining segment. The...

Belt Tech to Distribute More Superior Equipment

Superior Industries Inc. named Belt Tech Industrial as full line dealer of the former’s bulk processing and handling equipment. Belt Tech will sell and service Superior’s crushing, screening, washing and conveying equipment...

Hexagon Launches Rebranding Effort at Tech Conference

Hexagon AB announced a rebranding campaign at HxGN LIVE 2018, the company’s digital tech conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The reorganization and rebranding of its mining product portfolio is designed to simplify how...

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BKT Celebrates 10 Years of EARTHMAX Tires

In early June, off-highway tire manufacturer Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) celebrated 10 years of its EARTHMAX tire lineup in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. At the event, BKT announced its objective to achieve a 10% market share...

World’s Biggest Shovel Nears Release

by jesse c. morton, technical writer A new shovel, in development for more than a half-decade, is hailed as the largest in the world and described by Komatsu as an evolutionary successor to the smaller 4100XPC. It will load...

Smaller, Lighter, Faster Laser Scanner

Maptek announced the I-Site SR3, a 600-m-range laser scanner. The R3 series is 30% smaller and 25% lighter than predecessor technology, with 2.5 times faster data acquisition than the company’s I-Site 8000 scanners, Maptek...

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FROM THE EDITOR – June 2018 – Playing Energy Favorites

The News section this month kicks off with a couple of positive stories. One discusses the generation mix at one of the largest electricity generators and another demonstrates the positive impact exports are having on...

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Short-Circuiting the High Cost of Transformer Upgrades

Ameren’s Rush Island generating station’s use of retrofitted transformers offers insights for any plant that seeks to increase capacity on a budget Increase capacity. When the call comes from upper management to produce more...

The Impact of Tax Reform on the Mining Industry

by john myrick The tax reform act signed at the end of 2017 made substantial changes to the tax code, and those changes will have an important — and generally positive — impact on the mining industry. The act is commonly...

Detecting Leaks in Aboveground HDPE Pipes

by mathew cook No matter the mining and processing operation, waste disposal will always be a significant aspect of the operation. The tailings byproduct of mineral or coal processing is part and parcel of the refinement...

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Service to America medal

John J. Sammarco, Ph.D., is a finalist for a prestigious Service to America medal — commonly known as a “Sammie.” He’s nominated in the Career Achievement category for his exceptional record of public service. Winners will be...

The ALL Family of Companies

The ALL Family of Companies has promoted Sam Moyer to general manager of ALL Tower Crane LLC. Moyer takes the reins from Clay Thoreson who has retired after a long career in the crane business that spanned parts of five decades....

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Are Obama Coal Dust Rules Warranted?

by henry chajet Major regulatory changes adopted by the President Barack Obama administration targeting the coal industry included dust rules enforced by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Among them were the...

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Top 10 Coal Producing States

Week Ending 5/26/2018
(in Thousand Short Tons)
  YTD '18 YTD '17 % Change
Wyoming 122,605 123,008 -0.3
West Virgina 37,820 37,438 1.0
Illinois 19,890 20,277 -1.9
Pennsylvania 19,651 20,065 -2.1
Kentucky 17,005 18,160 -6.4
Montana 12,910 11,851 8.9
Texas 12,525 13,704 -8.6
Indiana 12,430 12,892 -3.6
North Dakota 10,679 11,124 -5.8
Colorado 6,801 6,366 6.8
U.S. Total 303,012 307,564 -1.5

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