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Bowen Basin

Apr 16, 2021
QMRS rescue winder nears completion

QMRS rescue winder nears completion

A new rescue winder designed to extract workers from underground mines is set to go on show at the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference at the Gold Coast in August in its public debut. The industry-funded Queensland Mines Rescue Service is working with Becker Mining Systems to fine tune communications for the device. QMRS… ...

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Apr 15, 2021
Stanmore in plans to restart mothballed Peabody mine

Stanmore in plans to restart mothballed Peabody mine

Stanmore Coal plans to restart mining at the Millennium and Mavis Downs mine complex within months after reaching a deal to buy the site from Peabody Energy Australia. Stanmore, in joint venture with M Resources, has executed agreements to acquire the assets for an upfront payment of $1.25 million plus royalties. It said the restart… ...

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Apr 15, 2021
Winchester South advances to feasibility phase

Winchester South advances to feasibility phase

Whitehaven Coal is moving to the feasibility phase for its proposed Winchester South open-cut metallurgical coal mine, 30km south-east of Moranbah. The company said the project was continuing to progress through the Queensland Government’s Coordinated Project approval process, with the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) having been submitted to Queensland’s Office of Coordinator General in...

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Apr 15, 2021
Orana fires up for Carmichael rail job

Orana fires up for Carmichael rail job

Queensland’s Orana Drill and Blast has just finished up its largest civil construction task to date – undertaking controlled blasts to break up the equivalent of 1.3 million tonnes of earth to clear a rail corridor for the Carmichael Rail Project. The contractor started work on the Central Queensland project in October last year and… ...

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Apr 14, 2021
Rescue service set for new Blackwater station

Rescue service set for new Blackwater station

Construction is set to begin next month on a new Queensland Mines Rescue Service station about 8km east of Blackwater. QMRS chief executive officer David Carey said the construction contract should be settled within weeks for the main building, expected to cost about $7.5 million to complete. The $11 million Blackwater facility also includes a… ...

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Apr 14, 2021
Big Cats of the coalfields up for grabs

Big Cats of the coalfields up for grabs

Pickles Mining is holding five auctions featuring about $10 million worth of equipment from BMA’s Bowen Basin operations and from Whitehaven Coal. Pickles Mining general manager Steve Wall said the auction house was shifting a large quantity of Caterpillar machinery for Whitehaven, including more than 20 haul trucks, as it switched its fleet to to… ...

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Apr 13, 2021
Finishing touch for $190m Eton Range upgrade

Finishing touch for $190m Eton Range upgrade

Motorists travelling on the Peak Downs Highway can now take in views across the Pioneer Valley from the new rest area on Eton Range crossing, west of Mackay. Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the rest area was the last stage of the significant Eton Range upgrade, connecting Bowen and Galilee Basin… ...

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Apr 09, 2021
Arrest and fines as Carmichael coal protests roll on

Arrest and fines as Carmichael coal protests roll on

Police have arrested a Cairns woman and fined two other people as activists hit the Carmichael development for the second time in three days. Bravus Mining and Resources (formerly known as Adani Mining) said works had continued unaffected on the Carmichael mine and rail project despite a group of about 15 anti-coal protesters trying to… ...

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Apr 08, 2021
Inquiry hears of ongoing issues,  methane ‘bubbling up’

Inquiry hears of ongoing issues, methane ‘bubbling up’

Workers’ concerns about issues at the longwall face involved in the May 6 explosion at Grosvenor were not always dealt with satisfactorily by mine management, injured miner Wayne Sellars has told a safety inquiry. The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry heard that the Bowen Basin longwall operation was mining into a significant fault in the… ...

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