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New UK coal sample preparation facility

World Coal,

A new coal sample preparation facility has been set up at HIY in Immingham, UK, by Inspectorate International. Inspectorate is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bureau Veritas, one of the world’s leading independent testing, inspection and certification companies.

The sampling and preparation will be fully consistent with ISO 18283:2006.

The new facility will be operational from 1 February 2014. Inspectorate employees will staff the facility, which will be equipped with two QHS Hammermill crushers, a Retch SR300 Rotormill, drying ovens, as well as Gilson riffle dividers. From an initial bulk sample of several tones, the facility has proven that it can rapidly produce representative laboratory samples of <0.2 mm to test the coal quality for customers, according to Inspectorate.

The company said that the fact that the facility can be used onsite will help significantly reduce turnaround times for proximate analysis. This would be a major benefit to customers who need initial constituent readings before the material can be used to maximum efficiency.

Erwin Oosterveen, Inspectorates’ solid fuels business development manager for the UK and Northern Europe, said: “Our new Immingham facility complements Inspectorate’s (and its parent company Bureau Veritas’), existing large global network of coal and solid fuels sampling and testing facilities, which includes the US, Canada, Russia, Colombia and South Africa. The facility means we can now offer an end-to-end service to clients importing these products into the UK.

“In time we can see the facilities we offer being extended to cater for more industry needs. Our main aim now, however, is to make sure that the new service gets off to a flying start. We are confident that it will and look forward to proving ourselves to clients.”

Bureau Veritas acquired Inspectorate in 2010, making it one of the world leaders in commodities inspection and testing. Inspectorate is the core of Bureau Veritas’ commodities division.

Adapted from press release by Sam Dodson

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