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Quang Ninh chooses pits over open-cast mines

Update: February, 09/2012 - 16:14

QUANG NINH – Enterprises at Vinacomin (Vietnam National Coal, Mineral Industries Group) coal commenced investment projects at pits Quang Ninh Province in a move to reduce coal mining at open-cast mines.

Two recently opened pit mines belonging to Ha Lam Coal Company, which allows coal mining to a depth of 300 metres. In early February, the Nui Beo Coal Company officially began a project at a pit coal mine, with its capacity of 2 million of tonnes of coal per year and a total investment of more than VND5,300 billion (US$ 254 million).

These are the first projects in a plan to cease coal exploitation at open-cast mines in Ha Long City, according to a commitment between Vinacomin and Quang Ninh Province.

Vinacomin will also begin projects to build new pit mines Khe Cham II and IV and to further explore coal mining in Nam Mau, Vang Danh and Ha Long.

Deep pit mines are more effective and environmentally friendly than open-cast mines, and as demand for coal increases Vinacomin seek to use technology to enhance mine yields. - VNS

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