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December 2008

On this month's cover: The Joy 2 m wide roof support has an operating range from 2.4 to 5 m (7.9 to 16 ft) and is rated at 1750 t (1930 short t). It has an impressive list of superlatives including highest rating at almost 50% more than its nearest rival and the biggest bore legs at 480 mm.

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Coal for the World
With reserves of 7 billion t of coal, Colombia is the world’s fourth-largest exporter of bituminous coal and has the potential to grow further. World Coal discusses current production and the future potential of the La Guajira reserves with Carbones del Cerrejón Ltd, Colombia.

Planning for the Future
Hamish McLauchlan, Solid Energy, New Zealand, discusses the company's working relationship with Maptek, and how the latest survey and block modelling technology can help plan for the long-term viability of the Stockton mine.

Unlocking Stratified Deposits
Mark Godresse, Gemcom Software International Inc., discusses the advantages of using technology to improve productivity when mining coal and other stratified deposits.

Planning to Compete
Richard and David Marston, Marston & Marston Inc., US, discuss exploration, geological modelling and mine planning in a competitive marketplace.

Modelling Roadway Design
In the first part of this two part article, Dr Andreas Hucke, Carsten Scior, Axel Studeny and Dieter Wittenberg, DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, discuss the theory behind numerical and physical modelling for roadway design in hard coal mines.

Unearthing Buried Productivity
Emily Balham, Leica Geosystems, Australia, reports on how an appropriate mine management solution can coordinate operations accross an entire minesite, enabling it to meet production targets.

Coal Trade Review
The last 12 months saw coal prices scale a series of peaks before rapidly sinking again as the credit crisis and global recession began to bite. Michael King asks, what follows next?

World Review
World Coal starts 2009 with a review of some of the major coal-related projects, in various stages of completion, across the globe.

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