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Semirara to Expand Coal Mine Area in Antique

Coal News - Published on Tue, 21 Jan 2020

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The Philippine Star reported that Semirara Mining and Power Corp is expanding its coal mine to improve seawater control measures and raise coal reserves. In an Environmental Impact Statement summary submitted to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, SMPC is proposing to increase its total mine area from 1,200 to 1,630 hectares. This will come from the expansion of the Narra Pit from 400 hectares to 550 hectares, and of the Molave Pit from 400 hectares to 680 hectares. This will subsequently increase the total mining complex area from 3,369.25 hectares to 4,369.25 hectares, which is still within the 13,000-hectare area approved under coal operating contract No. 5.

SMPC said the expansion would address widening of sea barrier for safer mining operation and better control of sea water seepage. The site development phase of the expansion project is to control seawater intrusion and to protect the pit from getting swamped by high waves, which is necessary prior to the operation of the expanded areas. With the increase in pit area, SMPC expects to raise coal reserves by 34 million tonnes, with the addition of 22.5 million tonnes from Molave pit and 11.5 million tonnes from Narra Pit.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 21 Jan 2020
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