Prairie Downs Metals Limited has announced that a technical review completed by Golder Associates has confirmed that the geology of the company’s Lublin coal project in Poland could use modern mining methods to reduce operating costs and achieve high safety standards.
Prairie appointed Golders to complete a desktop review of the geology of the Lublin Coal Basin (LCB) to provide an initial evaluation of the suitability of roof bolting as a mine development option for the project.
Geology and mining
The review indicated that the geology and mining conditions in the LCB compare favourably to deep mines in the UK, in which Golder technical personnel were previously involved in successfully implementing high productivity longwall mining methods.
Golder concluded that the LCP has the potential to support these high productivity mining techniques as are commonly practiced in Australian, USA and deep UK coal mines.
Ben Stoikovich, Prairie CEO, commented: “The Golder review highlights the favourable geology and its amenability to modern high productivity longwall mining methods which further demonstrates the potential for a lowest quartile cost base at the Project. The results of this review will now be incorporated into proposed mine design alternatives in the Scoping Study, which is intended to showcase the world class potential for a new generation of coal mines in the Lublin Coal Basin with Prairie developing one of the most advanced and prospective regional exploration projects.”
Edited from various sources by Katie Woodward
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