Anglo American has permitted a team of its workers to re-enter the Grosvenor mine in Queensland to conduct safety and compliance inspections underground while restoring power and gas monitoring.
Anglo American metallurgical coal business chief executive Tyler Mitchelson understands that no ignition occurred during the coal heating incident at the Moranbah North coal mine in Queensland last month.
Anglo American is reconsidering its plan to deliver 24 million tonnes of coal from the Moranbah-Grosvenor complex in Queensland by 2022, should it not have the ability to deliver safely.
Anglo American chief executive Mark Cutifani has revealed that a gas ignition event at the Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland may have started with a fall in the waste area of the site.
Anglo American is considering longwall automation as a way to improve safety at the Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland.
The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry will commence public hearings next month after being set up following Anglo American’s gas ignition event at the Grosvenor coal mine.
An Anglo American spokesperson has informed Safe to Work that elevated gas readings that occurred at the Grosvenor mine site last month “may have been an indicator of a brief ignition event.”
The Queensland Government has appointed a mine safety board of inquiry to investigate more than 40 methane gas incidents in Queensland’s underground coal mines since mid-2019.
The Queensland Mines Inspectorate (QMI) is progressing an investigation into a gas ignition event that shut down Anglo American’s Grosvenor coal mine earlier this month.
Anglo American has confirmed an ignition of methane took place at the Grosvenor underground coal mine in central Queensland last week.
Anglo American’s survey of female equipment and facilities at some of its central Queensland coal mines have created a backlash among its participants, according to CFMEU Mining and Energy.