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December 2010

The lead feature in the December issue of World Coal looks at underground mining with articles on a variety of topics, including underground communications, water management and longwall mining. The spotlight is turned on gears and drives, while Barry Baxter reports on the impact of South Africa’s recent move to reduce its dependence on coal-fired power.


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Looking For Answers
Over the next 20 years, South Africa intends to drastically reduce the use of coal as the country’s prime energy-fuel, and 30 years thereafter virtually remove it altogether from the energy-fuel mix. Barry Baxter asks if this could really happen.

To The Rescue!
G.A. Sullivan and J.C. Squire, Virginia Military Institute, US, E.W. Baker, Wake Forest University, US, and G.W. Flathers, the University of Sheffield, UK.

Visualising Smoother Production
Dr Sebastian Mundry, Bucyrus, Germany.

Still Staying Safe
Mark C. Radomsky, Joseph P. Flick and William Kinzey, Penn State University, US.

A Joyous Milestone
Paul Freeman, Joy Mining Machinery, US.

The Enemy Within
Stephanie E. Hassler, Godwin Pumps, US.

A Balancing Act
K. Nienhaus and S. Hetzel, RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Top Gears
Steve Furniss, Siemens Industry, UK.

Smooth Operator
Leanne Combrinck, Industrial Speciality Lubricants, UK.

Improving Conveyor Performance
Pekka Pulkki, ABB Oy, Finland.

The Big Transformation
Dr Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, RWE AG, Germany.

A Team Effort
Mark Crombie, The CO2 Capture Project (CCP3).

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