Big line-up for Longwall 2010

THE ninth Annual Longwall Conference boasts an impressive list of guest speakers, including Carborough Downs general manager Randall Freeman and Narrabri general manager Greig Duncan.
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The 2009 Longwall Conference in the Hunter Valley.

Blair Price

Freeman and Inbye managing director Richard Eveleigh will present a case study on developing Vale’s Carborough Downs longwall mine in Queensland.

The new longwall operation uses an AFC and a BSL from Inbye, Tagor roof supports, a longwall electrical system supplied by MI Power and the first Eickhoff SL1000 shearer installed in Australia.

Duncan will update attendees on progress at Whitehaven Coal’s Narrabri mine in the Gunnedah Basin of New South Wales, where a Bucyrus longwall is due for delivery in the December quarter.

The longwall can be retrofitted to perform longwall top coal caving to make the most of the up to 9m thick Hoskissons seam, while the mine could also be a significant pulverised coal injection coal producer.

There is also a stronger international flavour to this year’s conference.

Longwall engineer Rowan Youell will discuss “automating Africa” along with how Anglo Coal’s New Denmark colliery in South Africa went from scoping to commissioning a Joy Mining Machinery longwall in 2.5 years.

He will also look at the challenges of training a semi-literate workforce to operate modern technology.

New Zealand’s leading coal producer Solid Energy will be represented by general manager of mining improvement Bob Miller.

Senior site executive Bernard Vandeventer will present a case study on the continuous haulage system used at London-based Caledon Resources’ Cook colliery in Queensland.

Korea Resources Corporation has long battled environmental concerns of its Wallarah 2 longwall project in the central coast region of NSW, and the project’s environment and community manager Peter Smith will outline the road ahead.

Attendees can also get insights into leading and emerging practices to help improve operational performance and productivity.

BHP Billiton chief engineer Jim Middleton will look at “getting the most out of what we’ve got” as he provides analysis of growth and productivity changes at longwall mines.

Joy product manager longwall control Ian Rea will discuss the automation and control of longwall equipment.

Kestrel plant and equipment manager John Coughlan will detail the longwall performance improvements at the Rio Tinto mine.

Anglo American Metallurgical Coal regional manager of underground technical services Bruce Robertson is a guest chair for the first morning of the conference.

Later on, AAMC general manager of strategic projects David Sykes will present a case study on Moranbah North’s massive longwall with its 1750-tonne, 2m-wide Joy super chocks.

Allison Golsby, the technical services superintendant at Centennial Coal’s Clarence colliery, will talk on subsidence management.

Aquaterra senior principal hydrogeologist Peter Dundon is ready to delve into groundwater management for longwall mining using a case study from an “existing” operation.

Aside from operational and compliance issues, he will explore how groundwater data can be gathered in a cost-effective manner to underpin further mine expansions.

Centennial services electrical engineer at Mandalong, Bruce Davies, will detail the development improvements made by automating the cutting cycle of its Voest Alpine ABM25 continuous miners.

He’ll explain how the “autocut” sequence works and how this project was implemented, plus the continual refinement of the process.

Farthing West managing director Greg West will explore methods to improve roadway development performance.

BIS Industrial Logistics underground division general manager Mark Doyle will talk on equipment innovation and technology, look at trends and raise a few questions with the approaches under existing projects.

Peter Lynch recently resigned from the helm of Waratah Coal for personal reasons, and will make a presentation on corporate trends in the Australian coal industry.

The Longwall 2010 conference will be held on October 25-26 at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley with a golf day on Sunday, October 24.

Greg West will lead the post conference workshop on roadway development on October 27.

The complete conference and associated events is organised by Informa and registration and other information is available here.