Report: APP CMHS Project 1

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3.7.1. United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (UK) now has very little underground coal mining in operation. At its peak, a significant amount of knowledge, experience and expertise was developed and ultimately exported throughout the world. Current longwall equipment and panel operation originated here.

Spontaneous combustion was an ever present reality in UK mines. (Early systems set up in Australia were based on direct importation of knowledgeable experts).

The UK also had numerous thin seam operations. Though these are typically avoided if possible, and usually cannot compete with thicker seam operations, there are substantial thin seam resources in many countries that will be exploited. The mining technology is not much different, other than the equipment being much smaller. Indeed many of the current operational and safety issues are reduced with a thinner seam.

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