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JUN 2019

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8 June 2019 worldwide news Sparwood Coal Mine Will Expand in October In nearly four months, an extension of Teck Coal's Elkview Operations will bring mining closer to Sparwood, British Columbia. The Baldy Ridge Extension (BRE) project will extend the overall life of the mine until 2045 and increase the disturbance area of the operation by 862 hectares. On Tuesday, May 14, Teck provided its annual update on the BRE project, which is slated to begin in October. About 50 people gathered at the Spar- wood Leisure Centre for the meeting, which was opened by Elkview Oper- ations General Manager Dan Sander. He recognized fugitive dust as the ma- jor issue for the community and said Teck is trialing innovative solutions to try to resolve this and other impacts, as reported by The Free Press. Teck staff highlighted these solu- tions as they presented a range of topics, including the work of the Socio-Community Economics Ef- fects Advisory Committee (SCEEAC), which oversees the BRE project. The SCEEAC's focus is reviewing and proposing adjustments to Teck's management plans for blasting and vibration, visual quality and noise, as well as a livability study commis- sioned by Sparwood. China's Coal Imports Increase 23% in May Chinese coal and lignite imports rose 23% year-over-year to 886,000 metric tons per day (mtpd) in May, as the country continued to stock up ahead of the summer cooling season. Last month, imports were 5% higher than in April and the highest it's been in four months. A coal analyst with a trading firm said import economics had proven favorable for Chinese buyers, as re- ported by Montel. The import total also included April-arrival Australian cargoes, which were slow to discharge due to stringent customs restrictions. Coal Production Drops in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe coal production plunged by 38.2% in the first four months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, as coal miners grappled with foreign currency shortages, according to the Mines and Mining Develop- ment Ministry. Between January and April, the four coal mining firms produced a total of 531,000 metric tons (mt) compared to 859,300 mt in the same period the previous year. The two biggest miners, Hwange Colliery Co. Ltd. (HCCL) and Makomo Resources, took heavy hits. The other two coal miners are Zam- bezi Gas and Garlpex. The decline was largely due to a pricing battle in the in- dustry, as reported by The Herald. Although Zimbabwe relies heavi- ly on hydro power from Kariba Dam, a large significant chunk also comes from thermal power station Hwange and Munyati, Bulawayo and Harare, which are still being used despite be- ing decommissioned. Makomo Resources said pricing was one of the major reasons behind the plunge in output, adding produc- tion would increase immediately if the pricing issue was addressed. NMDC Will Acquire Coking Coal Mine in Zimbabwe State-run National Mineral Develop- ment Corp., which reported a record net profit this year, is looking to ac- quire a coking coal mine in Zimba- bwe and take over the shareholding of Australia's Legacy Iron Ore where it al- ready has a controlling shareholding. Amitava Mukherjee, director of finance for NMDC, said "NMDC is looking at the possibility of taking up a coking coal mine in Zimbabwe." NMDC already runs a coking/ thermal coal mine in Benga, Mozam- bique, through ICVL. Turkey Coking Coal Imports Continue to Recover in April Turkey's coking coal imports fell by 37.6% to 237,409 metric tons (mt) in April, marred by the absence of Austra- lian exports and a decline in U.S. ship- ments. In March, coking coal imports rose by 74.2% to 573,403 mt. Imports were steady in January-April, rising by 2.9% to 1.62 million mt. Canada was the largest supplier to Turkey in April with 164,530 mt, compared with none in the same period last year. This followed a rise in Canadian shipments in March to The Baldy Ridge Extension near Sparwood, British Columbia, will increase the life of the mine until 2045. (Photo: Teck Coal)

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