Some underground Australian mines may experience a rare but extremely dangerous event known as coal burst. Developed ‘Coal Burst Risk Assessment’ (CoBRATM), which is currently a conceptual processes, that matches geological and physical character with coal burst likelihood.
The CoBRA process and visualisation of potential output identifying high risk areas.
Open cut mines that operate in remote locations may be exposed to harsh conditions such as floods, heatwaves, storms and droughts. To assist mines improve sustainability under such conditions we have:
Heat map – the first step of the CRATER process, showing areas of high flood potential in red (‘hot-spots’) and low risk areas in green. Mine site infrastructure is overlaid to identify specific vulnerabilities. The hot-spots can be targeted for assessing adaptation options suitable to that mine.
As the world moves to a low carbon economy, the future of mining Australian thermal coal is becoming a less attractive investment proposition. We have explored alternative (non-thermal/non-coking) coal use developments, markets and industries. We are looking to engage with planners on key future opportunities that will assure continued alternative, low-waste markets for what is currently considered to be thermal coal, and what is currently considered ‘less desirable coal’.