Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Energy News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



ENERGY TECH
Rain, floods disrupt Queensland's coal

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only
by Staff Writers
Brisbane, Australia (UPI) Dec 30, 2010
Torrential rain and flooding have nearly brought the coal industry in the Australian state of Queensland to a standstill.

Queensland, on the east coast of Australia, accounts for about two-thirds of the world's supply of coking coal, a vital ingredient in steel making. Its state capital, Brisbane, has recorded its wettest December in more than 150 years.

The deluge of rain disrupted production at four of Rio Tinto's coal mines in Queensland, forcing the world's third largest mining company on Wednesday to declare force majeure on coal exports, a clause that allows it to miss contracted deliveries because of conditions beyond the company's control.

Miners Xstrata, Vale and Macarthur Coal have made the same declaration, as did miner Anglo American on Thursday.

As a result, coal mines with an annual production capacity of at least 80 million tons -- about 30 percent of Australia's coal exports last year -- are now under force majeure, the Guardian newspaper reports.

Rio explained that the downpours from "severe monsoonal rain" had cut access roads and rail networks, with an "adverse impact on mining operations," the Financial Times reports.

"While all efforts are being made to minimize the impact of this adverse weather on coal production, our primary focus is on the safety and well-being of our employees and their families," the company said.

Michael Roche, chief executive of the Queensland Resources Council, said in a statement that mining industry staff are working around the clock in very difficult conditions to manage huge quantities of water that have inundated mines, especially in central Queensland's Bowen Basin.

Export earnings would be severely affected, Roche told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

"It's clearly tens of millions of dollars of lost production," he said. "(It's) very hard to play catch up at the moment because there has been so much wet weather constantly, and it has not been possible for many mines to build up stockpiles to deal with this sort of weather."

QR National, Australia's largest coal rail freight company, said it expected deliveries would be "adversely" affected following an accident on one of its lines in Queensland.

"Disruptions have been compounded by the derailment of a train on December 24 near Mackay, which resulted in the temporary closure of the Goonyella coal haulage system," QR said in a statement Wednesday. "Repair crews are working to resume coal services there within the next few days."

Typically, the artery carries 40 trains and coal worth more than $100 million each day.



Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Powering The World in the 21st Century at Energy-Daily.com



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


ENERGY TECH
Iron ore, coal boost Australia-China trade 8.8 percent
Sydney (AFP) Dec 22, 2010
Booming iron ore and coal exports boosted commerce between Australia and top trading partner China by 8.8 percent this year and more than trebled it over the past decade, data showed Wednesday. The trade department said China remained Australia's largest export market with total shipments growing to 90.3 billion dollars (89.7 billion US) - 17.6 percent of total trade - over the 12 months ... read more







ENERGY TECH
French group in deal to boost Iraq power grid

US Renewables Now Neck-And-Neck With Nuclear Power

Bolivia invests more in energy output

Oil mixed in Asian trade as China hikes interest rates

ENERGY TECH
Synthetic dyes could increase energy

US lets some companies resume Gulf drilling

Pipeline begins supplying oil from Russia to China

Algeria oil and gas revenues up 25 percent in 2010: minister

ENERGY TECH
Keenan 2 Wind Farm Commences Commercial Operation

US challenges Chinese wind power subsidies at WTO

Italy wind farm seized by prosecutors

Outsmarting The Wind

ENERGY TECH
Solis Partners Participates In Distributed Solar Summit 2010

SunPower Completes Sale 44MW Montalto Di Castro Solar Park

Enhancements Increase Efficiency Of Kalahari Greentech's Solar System

U.K. solar plane record confirmed

ENERGY TECH
EDF's role in US nuclear market is clouded

China says it can reprocess spent nuclear fuel

China announces nuclear fuel breakthrough

Cleaning Up Nuclear-Contaminated Sites Faster And Cheaper

ENERGY TECH
New Miscanthus Hybrid Discovery In Japan Could Open Doors For Biofuel Industry

Team Overcomes Major Obstacles To Cellulosic Biofuel Production

Create Sustainable Rural Villages Through Clean Pig Farming And Renewable Green Energy

Industrial Biofuel Collaboration Heating Up

ENERGY TECH
China Builds Theme Park In Spaceport

Tiangong Space Station Plans Progessing

China-Made Satellite Keeps Remote Areas In Venezuela Connected

Optis Software To Optimize Chinese Satellite Design

ENERGY TECH
Broken Glass Yields Clues To Climate Change

Back To The Dead (Sea, That Is)

Researchers Train Software To Help Monitor Climate Change

Obama weathers backlash on climate


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement