This issue takes a closer look at the state that has been hardest hit by the downturn in the US coal industry: West Virginia – which has seen its coal output drop by 28% since 2008. On the technical side, we include articles on health and safety in longwall mining, shaft hoisting, overland conveying, coal storage facilities and breakers, crushers and sizers. Finally, our global power market review views the bigger picture of coal-fired power development in North American and Europe.
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Industry View: Lost Leaders – Lost Potential?
John Larpent, Stratum International, UK.
The View From The Mountain State
T.L. Headley reports on West Virginia’s coal industry.
Adapting To Straitened Times
Jonathan Rowland discusses developments in longwall mining with representatives from longwall OEMs, Joy Global and Eickhoff, and ground control specialists, Jennmar.
The Changing Face Of Longwall Mining Safety
Dr Hua Guo, CSIRO, Australia.
Reaching New Lengths
Willem Niemandt, Sandvik Mining, South Africa.
Going The Full Length
David Morrison, Bechtel Mining and Metals.
Extending The Way For Coal
Venugopal Basker, FLSmidth Private Ltd., India, and Dr Frederic Scholl, FLSmidth GmbH, Germany.
Rolling Out The Choices
Geordie Edmiston, McLanahan, USA.
Flexible And Cost-Effective Crushing
Peter Berlitz, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, Germany.
What Lies In Store?
Mike Jakob, Trianel Kohlekraftwerk Lünen GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, and Henri de Boer, ESI Eurosilo BV, the Netherlands.
At Your Service
Siemag Tecberg, Germany.
A Brief History Of Coal
Garrick Hoops, ABB Enterprise Software, USA.
Clean And Dry
Charles Bullinger, Great River Energy, and Nenad Sarunac, University of North Carolina, USA.
The Challenge For Coal In Europe
Dr Lesley Sloss FRSC FIEnvSci, IEA CCC, UK.
Suppliers Round-Up Special: The Digital Mine
Jonathan Rowland looks at recent developments in the digital mining space.