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JAN-FEB 2019

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14 January/February 2019 worldwide news continued c a l e n d a r o f e v e n t s March 10-13, 2019: Haulage & Loading, Hilton El Conquistador Re- sort, Tucson, Arizona. Contact: Web: April 8-14, 2019: bauma, Messe Muenchen, Munich, Germany. Contact: Web: April 12-13, 2019: SME/Central Appalachian Section Spring Meet- ing, Marriott Grin Gate Resort, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Geaunita Caylor, Email:; Tel: 859-494-1621. April 23-26, 2019: Electric Power, Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact: Web: May 20-22, 2019: Longwall USA, David L. Lawrence Con- vention Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contact: Web: June 3-7, 2019: The 9 th International Conference on Clean Coal Tech- nologies, Houston, Texas. Contact: Web: June 4-6, 2019: The 39 th APCOM Mining Goes Digital confer- ence, Wroclaw, Poland. Contact: Web: June 23-25, 2019: Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute (RMCMI), Vail, Colorado. Contact: Web: August 27-29, 2019: AIMEX, Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney, Australia. Contact: Web: September 11-13, 2019: Bluefield Coal Show, Brushfork Armory, Bluefield, West Virginia. Contact: Web: www.bluefieldchamber. com/bluefield-coal-show. October 30-November 2, 2019: China Coal & Mining Expo, New China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China. Contact: Web: November 13-15, 2019: XIX International Coap Preparation Congress & Expo 2019, New Delhi, India. Contact: Web: Last year's target was 485 million mt, 25% of which was allocated to the domestic market obligation. Data from up to December 27 shows that Indonesia reached 94.02% its annual total target for 2018. Yancoal Ramps Up Production in Australia Yancoal Australia produced 50 mil- lion metric tons (mt) of salable coal in 2018, up 59% year on year. It attribut- ed much of the increase to the contri- bution from assets it acquired from Rio Tinto in September 2017 in a filing to the Australian Securities Exchange, and forecast further growth in 2019. The company, which is majori- ty-owned by China-based Yanzhou Coal, said 32.9 million mt of the total was attributable to Yancoal, up 78% on the year. It said guidance for at- tributable salable coal production for 2019 was higher at 35 million mt. Yancoal said its attributable met- allurgical coal sales in 2018 totaled 7.2 million mt, up 16% year on year. Yancoal said it also benefited from a full quarter's impact of new fleet maintenance practices at the Mount Thorley Warkworth open-cut mine operation in the Hunter Valley region of the New South Wales, which re- duced truck downtimes and interrup- tions to extraction and haulage rates. "Similar maintenance reviews are ongoing across Yancoal's other open- cut mines, including the tier-one joint venture Hunter Valley Operations mine, as the business continues to establish new operating protocols and efficien- cies to drive further production gains," the company said in a statement. Yancoal said it will continue to ramp up exploratory works across its tier one assets. "Importantly, we are making posi- tive progress regarding the potential development of a proposed 6-million- mt-per-year underground mine at Mount Thorley Warkworth, with explo- ration drilling for the prefeasibility on the target seams completed at the end of 2018," the company said. Yancoal acquired Rio Tinto's Hunter Valley Operations and Mount Thorley Warkworth mines for A$2.69 billion in September 2017. Mongolia's Coal Exports Hit All-time High in 2018 Mongolia's coal exports hit an all-time high in 2018, with total exports of 36.5 million metric tons of coal. The figure is an increase of 3.2 million mt from the previous year, according to Xin- hua. According to the ministry, the rise was largely attributable to Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh's first official visit to China in April since assuming office in 2017. Coal is Mon- golia's main export commodity. The country has set a goal to increase coal exports to 40 million tons. Collapse Kills 21 Miners in China A coal mine roof collapse in northwest China's Shaanxi province killed 21 min- ers on January 12, the state-run People's Daily reported. It occurred at Baiji Min- ing Co. Ltd.'s Lijiagou mine in the city of Shenmu, when 87 people were under- ground, the People's Daily said. Sixty-six miners were rescued but 21 were trapped underground, it re- ported. Nineteen of the miners were confirmed dead at first while a search continued for the two missing miners; however, they were later found dead. Some mining firms in major coal hubs in Shandong and Henan prov- inces and parts of northeastern China have received notices from the Na- tional Coal Mine Safety Administra- tion asking them to halt operations for inspections that will last until June, the state-backed Shanghai Se- curities News (SSN) reported. Xinhua News Agency said Shanxi province, which borders Shaanxi, would also carry out inspections at high-risk coal mines. Worldwide News Continued from Page 9

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