Engineering & Mining Journal

MAR 2017

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NEWS - CONTINUED 26 E&MJ • MARCH 2017 NEWS - CALENDAR OF EVENTS APRIL 3-7, 2017: 15 th World Copper Summit, Santiago, Chile. Contact: Web: APRIL 11-14, 2017: 25 th International Mining Congress and Exhibi- tion of Turkey- IMCET 2017, Antalya, Turkey. Contact: UCTEA Chamber of Mining Engineers of Turkey; Tel: +90312 425 10 80; Email:; Web: APRIL 23-26, 2017: Solution Mining Research Institute Spring Technical Conference with optional technical class on "Well In- tegrity Management," Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Contact: John Voigt; Tel: +1 570 585 8092; Email:; Web: APRIL 25-27, 2017: Mining World Russia, Crocus Expo, Moscow, Russia. Contact: Web: APRIL 30-MAY 3, 2017: Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM), Mon- tréal, Quebec, Canada. Contact: Web: Montreal/2017/Home.aspx. MAY 7-10, 2017: Haulage & Loading, Wigwam Resort, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Contact: Web: MAY 8-10, 2017: The 4 th International Symposium on Innovation in the Phosphate Industry, Congress Center, Mohammed VI Polytechnic Uni- versity, Ben Guerir city, Morocco. Contact: Email:; Web: MAY 9-11, 2017: Arminera Centro Costa Salguero in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Contact: Web: MAY 20-27, 2017: ALTA 2017 Nickel-Cobalt-Copper, Uranium-REE & Gold-PM Conference & Exhibition, Pan Pacific, Perth, Australia. Contact: Web: MAY 15-19, 2017: Exponor, Antofagasta, Chile. Contact: Web: JUNE 1-2, 2017: Mining Forum 2017, Berlin, Germany. Contact: Web: JUNE 13-15, 2017: Longwall USA, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Contact: Web: JUNE 15-18, 2017: Paste 2017, 20 th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings, Beijing Conference Center, China. Contact: Web: JUNE 17-22, 2017: 16 th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium, Color- ado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA. Contact: Tel: (303) 279-5563; Fax: (303) 277-8683; Email:; Web: AUGUST 29-31, 2017: AIMEX, Asia-Pacific's International Mining Exhibition, Sydney Showground, Sydney, Australia. Contact: Web: SEPTEMBER 18-21, 2017: Exposibram 2017, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Contact: Web: SEPTEMBER 24-27, 2017: Solution Mining Research Institute (SMRI) Fall Technical Conference with optional technical class on "Well Integrity Management" (class subject will be repeat of spring 2017), Münster, Germany. Contact: John Voigt; Tel: +1 570 585 8092; Email:; Web: China Suspends Coal Imports From North Korea Starting February 19, China has halted all coal imports from North Korea until the end of 2017, according to the Minis- try of Commerce. The decision complies with a United Nation's Security Council Resolution No. 2321 that China helped draft and passed in November, the ministry said. The im- port of coal from North Korea, including coal that has already been declared to customs, but not yet released, will be suspended until December 31. The ban came after North Korea test- ed an intermediate-range ballistic missile on February 12. In a commentary by the Korean Cen- tral News Agency, it said a "neighboring country" was downplaying the signifi- cance of the test fire and that "it has unhesitatingly taken inhumane steps such as totally blocking foreign trade re- lated to the improvement of people's liv- ing standard under the plea of the U.N. 'resolutions on sanctions' devoid of legal ground." Despite restrictions that were also in place in 2016, North Korea was Chi- na's fourth biggest supplier of coal, with non-lignite imports of 22.48 million met- ric tons, a 14.5% increase from 2015, according to Reuters. Japan Plans to Build 45 New Coal Plants in Next 10 Years Japanese companies plan to develop about 45 additional coal-fired power plants, adding more than 20 gigawatts (GW) of capacity, in the next decade, according to the U.S. Energy Informa- tion Administration (EIA). Fossil fuels accounted for about 82% of Japan's net electricity generation in 2015, up from 62% in 2010. The share of fossil fu- el-powered generation rose substantially for the first time in several decades in the wake of the Fukushima disaster when electric utilities turned to hydrocarbons as substitutes for the lost nuclear power generation, the EIA said. According to the Japan Electric Power Information Center, there are more than 60 major thermal power plants owned by the top 10 electric utilities and J-Power and numerous combined-cycle LNG-fired or coal-fired plants are under construction or are in the planning stages. Domestic coal production dwindled to virtually nothing in 2002, and Japan be- gan importing all of its coal, primarily from Australia. Coal imports grew to 210 million short tons of coal in 2015 from 193 million short tons in 2011, after more coal-fired generation capacity came online. Japan, which was the world's top coal importer for decades, dropped to the third-largest im- porter in 2015, just below China and India. According to the EIA, coal accounted for 23% of the power sector market share before Fukushima and increased to 31% in 2015. The government plans for coal to account for 26% of the market share by 2030, maintaining the fuel's importance as a baseload for power generation. Japan has the highest efficiency rate of coal-fired technology in the world, the EIA said. It is installing new, clean coal plant technologies, such as ultra-super- critical units or integrated gasification combined-cycle technology, to meet envi- ronmental targets and to replace some of the decades-old coal power plants. Coal is expected to displace some of the expen- sive oil-fired power generation. (News-This Month In Coal - from p. 24)

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