The Queensland mines rescue service is currently on standby at Peabody’s North Goonyella mine in preparation for re-entry.
Peabody said recently that “Trained Queensland Mines Rescue Service personnel are currently on standby to inspect Zone 1 once ventilation is complete and will enter when safe and appropriate to do so. Mine personnel will not be permitted to re-enter the mine until the inspection is completed and entry is approved by the Queensland mines inspectorate.”
Peabody also confirmed that as part of full preparedness planning a mobile GAG unit is on site and ready to deploy if necessary.
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Peabody has commenced re-ventilation of Zone 1 of its North Goonyella Mine in late May. The mine’s observed gas readings are within parameters as modelled and Peabody said it will continue to closely monitor levels using the network of gas monitors installed at key locations in all four zones of the mine.
On Saturday, May 25 the ventilation fans installed at the mine’s 1:7 and 1:4 drifts were turned on and new remote-activated emergency sealing doors were opened to circulate air through the main corridor of the mine.
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