Collaboration on safety and productivity
24 October 2023
Tahmoor Coking Coal recently hosted a group of overseas engineers to view its New South Wales operation, share ideas and set up future collaborations.
A group of engineers and research scientists from China Coal Technology and Engineering Group (CCTEG), a state-owned technical and equipment manufacturing company servicing the Chinese Mining industry, visited the SIMEC Mining operation on Thursday 14 September.
The group was in Australia to attend a University of Wollongong International Workshop on Mining Technology and The Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX).
Tahmoor Executive General Manager, Peter Vale said the university engaged Tahmoor Colliery to see how Longwall mines are operated in Australia, considering the mining conditions of depth of cover and geological conditions, particularly gassy seams which are very common in China.
The team was accompanied by Bob Myatt, Training Consultant Mines Rescue Pty Ltd Southern Division.
“The team was very impressed by the entire process of the visit including detailed briefing and induction before going underground,” Peter said.
“They visited the development panel, gas drainage drill rig and the Longwall, and were interested in Gateroad development process, longwall automation, roadway support and management of gas drainage.”
Peter said there were discussions and questions during the visit on various technical issues and possible solutions that could be adopted for improved safety and productivity of underground mines.
“It was a great opportunity to share ideas,” Peter said.
“There was a desire from both groups to continue to engage for collaborations in knowledge sharing and technology/equipment development and application, and the CCTEG group extended an invitation to Tahmoor to visit CCTEG and its branches to host a visit in the future.”