Industrea wins contract for monster mine

The contract covers the supply of six 80-tonne longwall roof support carriers and one 130t shearer carrier.“The size and complexity of the revolutionary new Australian-built equipment represents a material advance in underground coal mining, and follows two years of planning and product development,” Industrea managing director Rob Levison said.He said the equipment would allow the mine’s 7.3-metre coal seam to be mined in a single pass without the need for either top-level caving or the two-pass method.“We expect this to set a new international trend in underground mining, with significant demand anticipated from other countries, including Russia, India and Australia, for Industrea’s market-leading technology,” Levison said.The Shandong mine, in China’s eastern Shandong Province, is developing one of the world’s largest longwalls. The mine is expected to have a minimum output of 30 million tonnes per annum.Australia-listed Industrea has now secured more than $100 million of new export contracts since July 2008.

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