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ISSUE 10: Two mines. Two seams. One partnership. Cat dealer and customer strengthen relationship in rich coal basin

Armstrong Energy, which operates six surface and six underground coal mines in the rich coal basin of the United States’ Ohio River Valley, recently took delivery of the worlds’ first full fleet of Cat Room and Pillar mining equipment from Cat dealer Whayne Supply. The fleet is now hard at work mining this rich coal seam, with four continuous miners, eight face haulers, roof bolters, feeder breakers and scoops working underground, and belt terminal groups carrying the coal to the surface.

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ISSUE 10: Russian coal mine continues to set production records: Credit given to skilled team and new high-performance machines

Russia’s Tugnuysky coal mine has set a number of production records in its nearly 30 years of operation, with industry-leading achievements in all aspects of their operation — from drilling to loading to overall production. In January of 2013, the mine set yet another benchmark by delivering its 100 millionth tonne (111 millionth ton) of coal.

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ISSUE 9: Ukrainian energy company mine sets production record in longwall mine

DTEK, the largest private energy company in Ukraine, recently set a production record for longwall mining in a 1-meter (39.4-in) seam at its mine in Stepnaya — a substantial achievement for any mine and the first time that a mine in the DTEK group has broken the 100,000 tonne-per-month mark.

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ISSUE 9: Breaking new ground: Shenhua leads the way in new Chinese coal mining region

With the world’s largest population and one of its fastest-growing economies, China needs a massive amount of energy, a good deal of which comes from coal. One of the most important pieces in China’s energy development plan is the autonomous region Xinjiang, which is home to about 10 percent of the country’s total coal reserve. The area is currently under extensive development.

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ISSUE 8: Boliden Aitik mine: Doubling production with new facilities, expanded site and larger trucks

Despite operating in some of the world’s toughest conditions, expansion has been a regular occurrence at Boliden Aitik copper mine. Already one of Europe’s largest copper mines, in 2010 Aitik built new facilities and launched an expansion program that is set to double its production in 2014.

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