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December 2012

The December issue of World Coal contains a lead feature on coal preparation, with a detailed look at centrifuges, dewatering, lubrication and dust control. A couple of excellent general interest articles examine coal reserves and review the 29th International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, which took place in October. The December regional report is on Botswana and Mozambique. Barry Baxter asks whether Botswana’s infrastructure will enable its coal industry to pick up speed while Andrew Woodley of Rio Tinto Mozambique looks at new coal mining developments in that country. This month’s industry view is from Elizabeth Stephens of JLT Specialty, and looks at risk management in mining.


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Industry View: Effective Risk Management For Mining Projects
Elizabeth Stephens, JLT Specialty Ltd, UK.

Getting Back On Track
Botswana’s fledging coal industry has decisions to make about how to transport and export its produce. But with options looming, is Botswana gathering steam, or running out? Barry Baxter investigates.

Frontier Mining
Andrew Woodley, Rio Tinto Coal Mozambique, Mozambique, explains how the company is working to achieve mutual benefits in one of coal mining’s new frontiers.

In A Spin
Kevin R. Whisler, Centrifugal & Mechanical Industries, US, explains the development of a new centrifuge.

Shoring Up The Defences
Vicki Ginter, TenCate Geosynthetics, US, explains an innovative solution for containing and dewatering coal mine slurry waste.

A Pressing Need
Cory Jenson, McLanahan Corp., US, discusses new filter presses for dewatering coal tailings.

Back To The Lab
Michael Holloway CLS, Certified Laboratories, US, outlines the importance of quality lubrication development.

Reliable Lubrication
Phil Burge, SKF, UK, explains why centralised lubrication systems help minimise the likelihood of machine failure, and how new technology is offering a powerful solution for operators of multi-functional equipment.

Evaluate & Control
Bret Cousins, Loren Stenfors and Dr Zoha Al-Badri, Ashland Water Technologies, US, discuss new dust characterisation and monitoring technologies.

Setting The Standard: Coal Reserves
In the second article of two on reporting codes, Paul Bright, SRK, UK, offers some reflections on the process of estimating and reporting coal reserves.

The View From Pittsburgh
Tom Sarkus and Gary Stiegel, National Energy Technology Laboratory, US Department of Energy, US, review the 29th International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, which took place from 16 – 18 October 2012.

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