Equipment ordered for Hatfield restart

POWERFUEL’S Hatfield Colliery near Doncaster in England has moved one step closer to restarting its operations, ordering two Joy longwall systems.
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Hatfield/Joy equipment deal: Joy UK's Kingsley Rowland and Stephen Flook; Powerfuel's Chris Daniels and Richard Budge; Joy UK's David Johnson and Pete

Angie Tomlinson

The two longwall systems each consist of a Joy 7LS shearer, 772 ton (700 tonne) capacity hydraulic roof supports with Joy’s RS20s control system, and an armoured face conveyor and stage loader, as well as ancillary equipment.

The Hatfield Colliery was idled in 2004 and has been undergoing a program to develop its reserves and construct a mine-mouth clean-coal power plant with the capacity of one gigawatt. This has been a joint venture with the Russian coal giant Kuzbassrazrezugol (KRU), which in March 2006 signed an agreement to acquire a 51% interest in Powerfuel.

This represents KRU’s first major direct international acquisition. The company, already an important exporter of coal to the United Kingdom, operates surface mines in the Kuznetsky coal basin (Kuzbass) in southwestern Siberia, and has coal reserves of about 2.2 billion tons (2 billion tonnes).

Prior to its delivery to the Hatfield Colliery, the first of the two longwall systems is scheduled to undergo compatibility trials in August 2007. The second longwall system will be delivered in 2008.

When the two longwall systems are fully operational, the mine is expected to produce about 2.2 million tons (2 million tonnes) of coal annually from the 10 foot (3 metre) Barnsley seam, primarily for delivery to power plants in Yorkshire and the Midlands.

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