A round-up news from 19 – 24 July 2015
Projects and plant updates
- Prairie Mining has announced an almost doubling of indicated coal resources at its Lublin coal project in Poland.
- Alliant Energy subsidiary Interstate Light and Power has reached a settlement over Clean Air Act violations at seven of its coal-fired power plants.
- Two Chinese companies have begun construction of a 1.2 GW power plant in Vietnam.
- Vinacomin and the north-central Nghe An Provincial People’s Committee sign an agreement over the construction process for the Quynh Lap 1 thermal power project.
- Chinese contractor, CCCC Second Harbour Consultants, has won a contract to build phase one of a coal storage and transportation hub in Hubei Province, China.
- Weak commodities demand and unfavourable exchange rates saw Caterpillar Resource Industries Group profit evaporate in 2Q15 from US$114 million on the previous year.
- ROM coal production at Atlantic Coal’s Stockton anthracite mine jumped 12% on the previous quarter in 2Q15.
- Operating profit at Sandvik Mining jumped 74% in 2Q15 on favourable foreign exchange raters and continuing structural saving.
- Volvo Construction Equipment’s 2Q15 revenue is up by 5% and profitability sees an 80% rise despite major declines in key markets.
- Vale produced 2 million t of coal in 2Q15 with 1.27 million t from the company’s Mozambique operations.
- Anglo American has appointed Tony O’Neill to the board as an executive director with responsibility for mining and technology, business performance,
- projects and safety, health and environment.
- The Australian Coal Preparation Society will celebrate its golden anniversary at its biennial conference and exhibition next year.
- OpenLink are providing Javelin Global Commodities with a trading and risk management platform.
Not to be missed …
- The National Mining Association urges Congress to stop the Stream Buffer Zone Rule set out by the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement.
- Politicians from both main political parties have criticised the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s proposed Steam Protection Rule.
- In a recent report on the global mining equipment market, Grand View Research forecast the market to grow to US$95.14 billion by 2022 with recovery coming post-2017.
- A new report from the IEA Clean Coal Centre outlines the increasing demand for low-grade fuels.
- Given the current ultralow share prices of US coal companies, the time may be ripe for industry consolidation.
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