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SUEK Buys 28 BelAZ Haul Trucks

The Siberian Coal Energy Co. (SUEK), Russia’s largest coal producer, has purchased 28 haul trucks from BelAZ, according to the Belarusian News Agency. The project to deliver the haul trucks to SUEK mines, located in five Russian regions, will be carried out by the logistics company GEFCO. The trucks are disassembled in Zhodino and are being transported using special railcars. Several trucks have already left Zhodino for the Russian Republic of Khakassia and Khabarovsk Territory. More trucks will be shipped soon.

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US Coal Miners’ Health Care Benefits Extended for Short Term

Without an intervention, about 16,000 retired miners in seven states were expected to lose their health care coverage by the end of the year. A proposal to temporarily extend the benefits worked its way through Congress late last week.

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Strata Purchases AL Lee

Strata Worldwide has completed an acquisition of certain assets of A.L. Lee Corp., a market leader in rock dusting machinery as well as other types of underground mining equipment. The asset purchase includes rights to all products and services relating to the mining industry.

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Sunrise Coal Gets Approval for Oaktown Mine Shaft

Sunrise Coal, a subsidiary of Hallador Energy LLC, will begin construction on a new $5 million mine shaft to reduce underground travel time for more than 100 employees of its Oaktown underground mining complex in Knox County, Indiana, to reach the working face. It received final approval in November from the Knox County Planning Commission.

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Canada’s Government Tells Provinces to Phase Out Coal

Ottawa plans to phase out coal-fired power ahead of schedule, which primarily includes Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, according to the Financial Times. Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna announced that coal-fired power plants in the country now must shut down or install technology to eliminate their emissions by 2030.The goal is to move Canada’s electric grids toward 90% renewable or non-emitting sources by 2030, up from 80% now. Ottawa’s move follows a similar plan in Alberta, announced last year by the province.

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