Category: Coal

Washington State company trying to revive shuttered coal mine

A Washington State company is trying to resist the wave of U.S. coal mine and coal plant closures by re-opening the John Henry Mine in King County. According to The Seattle Times, Pacific Coast Coal Co. wants to mine 85,000 to 90,000 tons a...

/ November 13, 2017

In the country where coal is king, a battle with the EU looms

The buzzword in the Brussels energy and climate bubble is 450, a number that is dividing European Union lawmakers and making coal-dependent Poland fume over upcoming reforms to the world’s biggest carbon market.  Negotiators representing the 28-nation bloc and its member states...

/ November 13, 2017

New International Standard to reduce mining accidents

  ISO (The International Organization for Standardization) There’s no question that mining has been made safer over the years, but mines are still one of the most hazardous places to work.  The causes can be numerous, from explosive dust and...

/ November 12, 2017

A year after Trump's win, coal is still losing to renewables

(Bloomberg) — It’s been a year since President Donald Trump’s election and his pledges to transform the energy markets haven’t exactly come to pass. In fact, what was true under President Barack Obama is still true today: Coal’s share of...

/ November 12, 2017

Armed separatists occupy villages near Freeport's Indonesia mine

Armed separatists have occupied five villages in Indonesia’s Papua province, threatening to disrupt Freeport-McMoRan Inc’s giant Grasberg copper mine, which has already been hit this year by labor unrest and a dispute over operating rights. A state of emergency has...

/ November 11, 2017

Seven workers killed and one still trapped after Turkey coal mine collapse

Seven miners have died and one was seriously injured after part of a coal mine in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak — bordering Iraq and Syria — collapsed on Tuesday. According to private Dogan news agency (in Turkish), eight miners were...

/ October 18, 2017

Coal power set for one last hurrah

Britain’s remaining coal-fired power plants could enjoy an 11th-hour revival in the early 2020s despite the Government’s drive to cut carbon emissions, if ministers choose not to risk raising household energy prices. Fresh research has revealed a change of fortunes for...

/ October 17, 2017

Rio Tinto's $2 billion coal assets attract investor consortium: sources

A group of investors including buyout firm Apollo and pension fund Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is bidding for coal assets put up for sale by mining giant Rio Tinto (RIO.L), which could fetch $2 billion, sources familiar with the matter...

/ October 12, 2017

China's top coke producer to curb output in pollution war

China’s top coke producer Shanxi Coking will slash output for coke and some chemical products including tar and methanol during the coming winter months as part of Beijing’s campaign against air pollution. The company will trim around 900,000 tonnes of...

/ October 11, 2017

New program in Queensland aims to attract 3,000 new mining jobs

The Queensland Government is getting behind a pilot program that, together with an industry group, is hoping to bring thousands of mining equipment and services positions to the Bowen Basin within the next decade. The METS Ignited Bowen Basin Cluster...

/ October 9, 2017

World's largest coal miner looking to buy metal mines abroad

Coal India Ltd, the world’s largest coal miner, has held internal talks to discuss buying metal mines abroad amid faltering revenues and rising employee costs, potentially signaling a strategy shift to cut reliance on the fossil fuel. The state-run company...

/ September 30, 2017

China bought tonnes of North Korean coal

North Korea’s biggest trading partner imported 1.64 million tonnes of coal in August, despite a supposed embargo imposed by Beijing to comply with the UN sanctions aimed at stopping Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. According to CNN, even though China announced in...

/ September 29, 2017