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Delivery of the last shearer loader to RAG Aktiengesellschaft by Eickhoff Bergbautechnik GmbH, Bochum on 13th July 2017

Under the slogan “Thanks to German Coal for 153 Years of Solidarity”, Eickhoff Bergbautechnik GmbH, Bochum/Germany, delivered an SL 750 shearer loader to RAG Aktiengesellschaft on 13th July 2017 (Figure 1). The Bochum-based manufacturer’s high-power machines have been used in German mines since the beginning of last century, when underground coal mining became mechanised. From that point on, they have ...

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New construction of an InterCityHotel in Saarbrücken can start

The RAG site on Hafenstraße in Saarbrücken/Germany, where the group’s administration building was located from 1978, was officially sold off to Altin Immobiliengruppe on 17th August 2017 (Figure 1). The demolition of the former administration building was a prerequisite, to allow the construction of a new four-star hotel on the same plot. “A new hotel can soon start being built ...

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STEAG sells its regional power grid in the Saarland

STEAG GmbH is selling its regional power grid in the Saarland to Creos Deutschland Holding GmbH with retroactive effect from 1st January 2017 as part of portfolio optimisation measures. The sale contract was signed on 31st July 2017. The sale of the Saarland power grid is part of the “STEAG 2022” strategy project, under which the Essen-based company is also ...

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Major contract for Deilmann-Haniel in Belarus

On 7th July 2017, Deilmann-Haniel GmbH, Dortmund/Germany, entered into a contract with the Belarusian company Slavkaliy to build a new potash mine. The mine is planned to produce 2 mt/a of potassium salt and will be built in the Belarusian potash district, approximately 200 km south of the capital city of Minsk. The commission involves drilling two shafts approximately 700 ...

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Mining and Water Forum: Christian Melchers from THGA has joined the new board of expert trustees

What happens when miners leave and water comes in? What do you have to watch out for to ensure nature and the environment are not affected negatively? The independent “Mining and Water Forum” trust foundation, which has started up in Essen/Germany (Figure 1), is dedicated to answering questions like these concerning mine water plans. The board of trustees, composed of international ...

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Flexible and international: New Master’s programme in “Mineral Resource and Process Engineering” at THGA

Mining mineral raw materials is the biggest “mass movement” in the world. Every year, more than 30 bn t of rock, earth, ore and energy feedstocks are extracted worldwide. They form the basis of modern life. The raw materials industry offers a wealth of career prospects as a result. Georg Agricola Technical University (THGA) in Bochum/Germany offers the perfect stepping ...

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AIMS 2017 Conference fostered international exchange on “Mining in Europe” in Aachen – “Mines of the Future” on the agenda for 2018

The 2nd International Conference “Mining in Europe” took place in Aachen/Germany in June 2017. Prof. Bernd Lottermoser as conference chair took again the opportunity to focus within the renowned Aachen International Mining Symposia (AIMS conference series) on the key issue Mining in Europe. Having attracted more than 200 participants from 22 countries, the two-day conference was an extraordinary success. The ...

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Coal imports are declining – but are indispensable for integrated energy

Coal mining fell worldwide by 3.8 % to 6.7 bn t in 2016. This was due to the trend in China (- 185 mt) and the USA (- 147 mt). The shale gas boom was not the only factor to play a part in this in the USA. The USA is a provider with relatively high costs on the world market, which has put the ...

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Mining machinery manufacturers from Germany back on the road to success

Mining machinery manufacturers from Germany are back on track, with incoming orders increasing by 45 % in the first half of the year. Closer cooperation with Australia is set to bring further growth. Following a sharp decline in turnover in recent years, incoming orders from abroad went up 50 % in the first six months of this year compared to the same ...

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German Mining Network: Collaboration is expanding

The Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources of the German-Chilean Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CAMCHAL) in Santiago/Chile, has recently participated in several presentations held by the German Mining Network (GMN) in Germany. The response to the Network, which was founded in December 2016, has been overwhelmingly positive. An increase in activities is on the horizon. The GMN held ...

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