Vietnamese to learn from Aussie expertise

SIX Vietnamese mining professionals will spend the next two months in Queensland to learn about Australia’s mine safety, management systems and regulations in an effort to apply Australia’s expertise to operations in Vietnam.

Angie Tomlinson

The group arrived at the beginning of May and will spend a total of three months visiting Queensland mines and undertaking mine safety management training with the Queensland Government’s Safety in Mines Testing and Research Station (Simtars).

The Vietnam Department of Geology and Minerals delegation includes three mining engineers, a mineral processing engineer and two surveyors.

Mines Minister Henry Palaszczuk said their training would focus on spontaneous combustion, strata control, surveying, explosives and minesite rehabilitation.

They will also learn the latest in mine incident investigation and reporting and electrical safety in mines.

“The aim of this project is to equip the participants with a working knowledge of the systems that we have in place in Queensland. They will be able to take back to Vietnam everything they have learned and apply it to their own industry," Palaszczuk said.

The group will visit Queensland’s major mining areas including Mount Isa, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Mt Morgan and the Bowen Basin coal fields.

Palaszczuk said the Government was also preparing to install, commission and train staff at the Singareni Collieries Company in India in the operation of Camgas mine gas monitoring systems.

Six of the latest Camgas systems were sold to China early last year.

Later this month, staff in the department will travel to the company's site at Kothagudem in South India to undertake installation and training to install the system.

A more detailed article on the Vietnamese delegation’s visit will be published in the upcoming June edition of Australian Longwall Magazine.