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WVU signs research agreement with Chinese university

West Virginia University forged another international connection Thursday (Aug. 19), signing an agreement with the China University for Mining and Technology-Beijing that commits the institutions to work together on issues arising from fossil fuel use, especially coal.

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Simulators for Equipment Training

Immersive Technologies has released its next generation Advanced Equipment Simulators—the PRO3 for surface mining and the UG360 for underground mining. Available in transportable and classroom versions, the PRO3 offers the important benefit of remaining compatible with 500+ existing Immersive Conversion Kits (interchangeable machine controls), as well as previously developed custom lessons, scenarios and mine sites. This allows AES 2 and AES Series 2B customers to transition to the PRO3 without having to replace existing Conversion Kits and supporting systems.

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Komatsu Rolls Out New Loader

Komatsu America Corp. (KAC) recently introduced its new WA1200-6 wheel loader.
The new WA1200-6 is powered by a highly-efficient Komatsu SAADA16V160E-2 engine that delivers 1,892 Gross HP at 18,00 RPM. With an operating weight of 477,100 lbs., the new loader offers increased fuel efficiency, while meeting all EPA Tier 2 emissions requirements.

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Massey Energy Briefs UBB Families

Massey Energy recently held a private briefing for the families of the 29 miners who died in the April 5 Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine accident. Representatives from the company reviewed data readings, summarized preliminary pieces of evidence and updated families on the status of the ongoing UBB inquiry. Officials from the UBB investigation team fielded questions from those family members in attendance.

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Limited Production Resumes at Pattiki Mine

Alliance Resource Partners announced its subsidiary White County Coal has resumed limited production at the Pattiki mine, located near Carmi, Ill. On May 13, 2010, White County Coal temporarily suspended coal production at Pattiki following the failure of the vertical belt system used in conveying raw coal out of the mine.

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