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Though early days, it appears India’s proclivity for coal for generating electricity may be easing. The government of the central state of Chhattisgarh, with one-third of the country’s coal reserves, has declared that it would not approve any new coal-based thermal power projects in the region. This barely days after the western state of Gujarat also announced that no new coal-based thermal power would be approved for construction.

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Refurbishing ageing coal-fired power plants while allowing independent power producers (IPPs) to contribute to the grid to make up the difference is the way forward for South Africa’s energy generation capacity, says advisory firm XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. The answer to the country’s power-generation concerns is not to convert wholly to renewable energy, even though it has a role to play, he tells Mining Weekly.

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Coal mining company Canyon Coal’s Phalanndwa colliery extension project is expected to extend the life-of-mine to 2027, and the company is negotiating with the relevant stakeholders to further extend the mine life by six years, Phalanndwa colliery GM Alan Mabbett tells Mining Weekly. The original mine – located 20 km outside of Delmas, in Mpumalanga – was established in 2010, with mining operations starting in 2013. Canyon Coal subsequently invested in the development of the extension project...

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The complex transition from a coal-based economy to a renewable-energy-based economy requires focused and coordinated leadership, although it will take decades to happen, says Minerals Council South Africa chief economist Henk Langenhoven. There is increasing pressure on electricity providers globally to move away from coal-fired power, owing to its harmful emissions. This creates uncertainty for coal miners which are not the culprits or large emitters of carbons.

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Botswana-listed coal miner Minergy announced last month that, despite extreme difficulty in accessing financial backing, it has successfully raised funding of P90-million from the Botswana Development Corporation, as well as from the Minerals Development Corporation of Botswana. Initial funding includes bridging finance provided by both parties amounting to P70-million for a period of six months. This will be refinanced through long-term agreements with both parties. All the necessary...

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The refurbishment of three stacker reclaimers at a local coal mine is well under way, with transmission solutions company SEW-Eurodrive supplying 39 new drives for the project. Work on the project began late last year and the client aims to have completed the refurbishment of all three machines – which were originally built in 1984 – towards the end of next year.

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Junior coal miner Rietvlei Mining Company’s Mpumalanga-based Rietvlei colliery will achieve steady-state mining in the fourth quarter of this year. Investment holdings company Butsanani Energy CEO Gideon Krynauw – speaking at the Afriforesight Bulk Commodities conference held last month, in Sandton – said  this would occur after the new coal mining project achieved positive earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation in the third quarter.

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While Cabinet considered the much-anticipated update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan for electricity at its meeting on Wednesday, Minister in The Presidency Jackson Mthembu said discussions had not yet been concluded. Mthembu attributed the extension of Cabinet-level deliberations on the IRP largely to the importance of the document, but insisted that they would be concluded “soon”.

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The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has refused development approval for the proposed 6.5-million tonne a year Bylong coal project. The project was proposed by South Korean firm Kepco, and would consist of both an opencut and underground operation with a mine life of more than 25-years, extracting around 120-million tonnes of coal.

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South Africa must continue to leverage its considerable coal resource and must embolden this industry to bolster the economy and engender job creation, Canyon Coal executive chairperson Vuslat Bayoglu said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Coaltrans Southern Africa conference, in Johannesburg, he said the country boasts considerable reserves, with about 118 years of coal resources remaining, which translates to 30.8-billion tonnes.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has upheld an earlier district court decision that Clean Air Act liabilities do not transfer to new owners when a facility is sold, while the Third Circuit has upheld an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule to limit sulfur dioxide emissions from a Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant on request of New Jersey, a downwind state....

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A divided three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected Oklahoma State's challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) implementation of a regional haze rule to limit emissions from power plants in the state....

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Beware the letter from the Environmental Protection Agency asking seemingly innocuous questions about your plant....

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AES Corp.’s subsidiary Dayton Power & Light (DP&L) plans to retire six coal-fired units representing about 390 MW at its 414-MW Hutchings coal-, gas-, and oil-fired plant in Miamisburg, Ohio, by June 2015 as a result of existing and expected environmental regulations, including the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). The news comes on the heels of Indianapolis Power & Light Co.’s (IPL’s) announcement that it plans to retire 600 MW of coal-fired capacity to comply with environmental...

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In a report released on May 13, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presents data on energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for each state by year, fuel, sector, and other breakouts for the years 2000 through 2010....

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates final regulations curbing greenhouse gas (GHG), mercury, and air toxics emissions from new sources could appear in the Federal Register by the end of April. Also forthcoming are final cooling water intake rules and proposed effluent guidelines. The coal ash rule, which has no target date for a final rule, may not be issued this year, the agency said....

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The integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant located in Kemper County, Mississippi, is a 2 x 1 plant that will produce 582 MW at peak and 524 MW fired on syngas, with ammonia, sulfuric acid, and carbon dioxide as by-products. The carbon dioxide will be used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Engineering was completed in Q3 2012, and the facility’s commercial operation date is planned for May 2014....

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Power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the U.S. declined to their lowest level since 1990, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in early March....

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