18 December 2009
Anglo American hits hat-trick at Australian Mining Prospect Awards
The Moranbah North Mine received the Coal Mine of the Year award at the Australian Mining Prospect Awards
Anglo American has scooped three awards at the annual Australian
Mining Prospect Awards.
Moranbah North Mine received the Coal Mine of the Year award,
Callide Mine was recognised for its application of coal dust
suppression technology and the fatigue-monitoring SmartCap was
awarded an innovation award.
Regional Manager for External Affairs Aldo Pennini accepted the
award on behalf of Moranbah North Mine, which was selected by the
panel of judges because of its efforts to mitigate carbon emissions
by commissioning a 45MW power station that converts waste coal mine
gas sourced from the mine into clean electricity.
"Through partnership, collaboration and innovation, we have
delivered two key projects in 2009 at the mine, the $AU60 million
Moranbah North Waste Coal Mine Gas power station, in partnership
with EDL, and a $AU200 million powered roof support project that
will increase the mine's productivity at increasing depths," Aldo
CRCMining, inventors of the SmartCap, received the mining
innovation award for the development of the Smart Cap and Anglo
American was warmly acknowledged in their acceptance speech for
providing the funding to bring the idea into commercialisation, and
for being the first company to apply this technology.
Inventor Dr Daniel Bongers accepted the award and praised Anglo
American for taking on this exciting new technology, which is being
introduced at Dawson Mine.
"The SmartCap addresses the dangers of haul truck operators
getting tired on the job by measuring their brainwave information
to detect when the wearer is experiencing symptoms of fatigue and
reporting this information back to the user and their
"Anglo has been extremely supportive of this technology by
quickly recognising the invaluable safety benefits the SmartCaps
provide," Daniel said.
Anglo American's Callide Mine, along with its supplier, DuPont
Australia, were recognised with the award for Environmental
Excellence for its coal veneering process, an innovation that
minimises coal dust in transit by layering the coal with a
Callide Mine Coal Specialist Ed Crawford said the decision to
veneer the coal was taken by Callide in response to community
concerns over fugitive dust from coal trains, along with other air
quality issues, in the Central Queensland industrial city of
"This award is the outcome of innovation and collaboration to
establish a partnership which brought the power of science that
DuPont possesses to provide a practical solution to the problem of
fugitive dust from trains," said Ed.
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