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The Marxist-Leninist Daily
The original plan to mine thermal coal would have employed as many as 300 people, said Val Istomin, Xstrata Coal's manager on the Donkin project.
Supplying coking coal to steel works around the world will mean about 100 fewer jobs at Donkin
"If the mine reaches its full potential, we'll finish up with four continuous mining units," Istomin
"We'll have about 200 people employed."
Typically, for every mining job, four other people are employed providing miners with goods and services and repairing mine machinery, he
The first continuous mining machine should be on-site by 2011, Istomin
"It's effectively a tunnelling machine.
Imagine a bulldozer, but instead of a bulldozer blade it has a large rotating disc on the front of it, which cuts the coal."
will need lots of upgrades and a coal washing plant that could cost between $50 million and $60 million, Istomin
hasn't finalized any deals for coking coal from Donkin
, but it has a large marketing division that's talking to potential customers, he
is located on a headland on the eastern point of Cape Breton
"Instead of using trains, we're actually going to use barge loading directly from the mine on to barges and then trans-shipping it offshore on to ocean-going vessels," Istomin
The ships will use large cranes to grab tens of tonnes of coal and load it on the larger vessels.
Proponents looked at the idea of building a pier that would allow ocean-going vessels to dock near the mine, but the water is shallow and the work would have been extremely expensive, he
"But with barging, it's far more economical and it's a well proven system of transporting coal," Istomin
But there will be room to store coal on-site, Istomin
"We'd never stop the mine," he
"We'll design the surface coal-handling facility to be able to stockpile six to eight weeks of production anytime."
Potential markets for Donkin coal include Europe, South America, India and China, Istomin
Full production at Donkin
, expected by 2015, could coincide nicely with the widening of the Panama Canal.
That project is slated to be finished in 2014, and will shorten the route Donkin coal would take to the Asian market, he
"We are one of the most successful mining companies in the world.
We certainly wouldn't be entering into any project unless we thought it was viable and our shareholders could get a profit out of it," he
At a community meeting in December, ...
At a community meeting in December, Xstrata project manager Val Istomin said the company would not approve an exploratory stage until a buyer for the coal is found, which he predicted at the time wouldn't be likely within the next three months.
said in an email Monday that Xstrata
has been investigating its development options and is ready to make an announcement.
"We understand how uncertainty can be very unsettling for folks and we have been very busy reviewing all of our options so as not to drag the process out," Istomin
Val honoured for 40 years ...
Val honoured for 40 years HONOUR: Val Istomin was rewarded for 40 years commitment to Mines Rescue at the annual Mines Rescue Station dinner on Saturday.
HONOUR: Val Istomin
was rewarded for 40 years commitment to Mines Rescue
at the annual Mines Rescue
Station dinner on Saturday.
This was the response from Val Istomin
found out he
was receiving an award for outstanding contribution to the Hunter Valley Mines Rescue
"It was really great,"Mr Istomin
"People don't usually get to 40 years so they weren't really prepared," he
joked when asked what sort of award he
The long serving member was recognised for his
achievements as a mine rescuer at the Hunter Valley Mines Rescue
Station's annual dinner last Saturday.He
was shocked to discover it had been nearly four decades when told he
would be acknowledged for his
contribution.First starting out as a brigadesman at the station, he joined the mines rescue as a cadet mine surveyor in 1967.For the past 40 years he has worked in the mining industry, has competed in 10 years of mines rescue competition at a local level and national level and has been a member of three successful teams to take out the Australian Underground Mines Rescue Competition.He
has also spent many years on the board as an organiser and assessor of local Hunter Valley competitions.
These days, the Xstrata
Coal external affairs manager says he
likes to take a more relaxed approach to the physical side of events, taking the time to admire from the sidelines.
"I think it's a fantastic operation and in my personal view, it's a shame that our industry doesn't require everyone, especially the underground, to be involved," he
said.One of Mr Istomin's colleagues, Hunter Valley Mines Rescue operations manager David Connell, said as a member Val had been an integral part of the association, ensuring mine safety training in the Hunter Valley has been kept at a high standard over the years.One of Mr Istomin's colleagues, Hunter Valley Mines Rescue operations manager David Connell, said as a member Val had been an integral part of the association, ensuring mine safety training in the Hunter Valley has been kept at a high standard over the years.
is one of the very few people to make it to 40 years service with NSW Mines Rescue
and the only person to achieve the milestone at Hunter Valley Mines Rescue Station," he
said."Val has always been a highly valued and committed member of Mines Rescue as brigadesman and has also served as a member of the Hunter Valley Mines Rescue Station Board."
was active in several Mines Rescue
operations including the Liddell State colliery fire."
Time will tell if there will be others to follow Mr Istomin's
remarkable footsteps at the Hunter Valley
40 years of service, he
was given an engraved miner's safety lamp and a certificate, which he
says will take a spot alongside other memorabilia in his
JOINING FORCES: Looking towards the ...
JOINING FORCES: Looking towards the future for Singleton are Singleton Mayor, Cr Fred Harvison with Xstrata Coal's Group External Affairs and Property Manager Val Istomin
...JOINING FORCES: Looking towards the future for Singleton are Singleton Mayor, Cr Fred Harvison with Xstrata Coal's Group External Affairs and Property Manager Val Istomin
Xstrata Coal NSW group external affairs and property manager Val Istomin said innovative technology had been used to overcome local issues and to his knowledge, the company was the first in the world to successfully mine under vineyards.