Central Asian Miners Adjust Production Based on Markets, Russia

Continuing price declines for energy coal throughout the region during the third quarter forced former Soviet governments and miners to revise production and export goals. This trend asymmetrically impacted eastern coal miners. Kazak miners faced an unprecedented price collapse, and despite previous projections of rising production, will struggle to mitigate cascading indicators. Meanwhile, some neighboring countries attempted to take advantage of low prices. Authorities there encouraged domestic coal production to grow the industry to shed dependence on fossil fuel imports.

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Communications and Tracking Research Supports MINER Act

NIOSH initiatives have enabled development of systems and established installation considerations to enhance communications and tracking system performance in underground coal mines

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The Impact of Idler Misalignment on Belt Performance

Misaligned idlers waste power and money

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A New Twist for Wet Rock Dusting

A major rock dust supplier proposes a simple, yet effective system tailored for coal operators

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MINExpo 2016 Highlights Advances in Mining and Processing Technology

Despite a soft market, miners converge on the Las Vegas Convention Center to see the latest gear, learn about the market and make new connections

The U.S. National Mining Association’s (NMA) MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2016 trade show and convention, held September 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, drew more than 1,900 exhibitors and covered more than 840,000 ft2 to showcase the latest mining equipment and technology. The quadrennial event attracted more than 44,000 attendees from more than 130 countries.

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Striking a New Path for Coal

By taking a proactive approach, the coal industry could once again embark on a sustainable growth path

A hundred years from now, this era will be characterized as one of fundamental change for the coal mining industry. A painful transition marked by overcapacity, low prices, efforts to improve operational efficiency and regulatory uncertainty. Shifts in global energy production toward less-carbon intense sources are putting pressure on the coal mining sector. Some doom-laden headlines even prophesize the end of the coal era. The coal business, however, should keep a cool head. A formal analysis shows that coal will continue to play a pivotal role in the world’s energy mix, and the fuel could soon embark on a sustainable growth path.

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