UNDERGROUND

Bord and pillar challenging longwall dominance

A CHANGING economic climate and the higher cost of capital is forcing coal miners to look to bord and pillar mining as the way forward rather than a longwall.

Bord and pillar mining operating costs are generally higher than those of a longwall but it may provide better utilisation and return on investment in the long term with this greater flexibility and availability.

Bord and pillar mining operating costs are generally higher than those of a longwall but it may provide better utilisation and return on investment in the long term with this greater flexibility and availability.

Australian longwall expertise and experience has become entrenched in the underground coal sector after years of high capital investment in plant and equipment and periods of relatively easy financing....

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