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October 2013

In this month’s issue of World Coal, the regional report focuses on China with Dr Elizabeth Stephens discussing recent developments in the country’s mining and power sectors. We also look at opencast mining with articles on pit dewatering, safe blasting technology, in-pit crushing and conveying and the history and development of the global market for draglines, among others. The Industry View from James McNally, Wardell Armstrong International, discusses the importance of community relationships for mining projects.

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Industry View: Managing Relationships In Mining Communities
James McNally, Wardell Armstrong International, UK.

China's Coal Conundrum
Dr Elizabeth Stephens, JLT Specialty, UK, discusses recent developments in the Chinese coal industry.

Preparing The Ground
Harvinder Bhabra, Weir Minerals Europe, explains how smart planning and advanced pump technology can keep a coal mine dry enough for it to be worked safely and efficiently.

Controlled Explosions
Simon Tose, AEL Mining Services, South Africa, discusses blasting in hot holes and reactive ground.

Time To Drill
Ken Stapylton, Sandvik Mining, US, explains why mining companies are looking to expand into India's mining sector.

A Question Of Mobility
John McCarthy, Joy Global, US, discusses the economic considerations to be taken into account when selecting in-pit crushing and conveying systems.

Everyday I'm Shovelling
Dr Erik Zimmermann and Alexander Hochgürtel, Komatsu Mining, Germany, summarise the development history of the Komatsu PC8000.

Optimal Performance
Demetre Harris, Leica Geosystems Mining, Australia, and Isaac Yiadom, African Barrick Gold North Mara mine, Tanzania, explain how fleet management and production optimisation systems can improve the way a mine runs.

Dragline Demographics
Peter Gilewicz, Parker Bay Co., US, examines the market for walking draglines used in coal mines.

Keeping Coal Clean
Francisco Castaño, Geometrica Inc., US, and Ahmad Mardiani, PT Pupuk Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia, discuss the installation of a coal storage dome at an Indonesian fertiliser plant.

Taking The High Road
Bradley Lewis, ADDCAR Systems, US, outlines the economic impacts and advantages of highwall mining and compares the trade-offs of different mine designs.

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