Risks to Life too high for Solid Energy to re-enter Pike River drift

Solid Energy will not re-enter the Pike River Mine drift because the company considers the risks to life remain too high, Board Chair Pip Dunphy says. “We know this decision will be very disappointing to the family members and friends of the men who died in the mine,” Ms Dunphy says.  “However any further loss… Read more »

Solid Energy’s Annual Report for the financial year to 30 June 2014

Solid Energy’s Annual Report for the financial year to 30 June 2014 was tabled in Parliament today

Pike River drift re-entry project – decision timing

Solid Energy’s Board decision about whether to continue with the project to re-enter the drift at the Pike River Mine will not occur at the October board meeting as first indicated. The board decision has been deferred to ensure the company has sufficient time to consider the feedback from experts advising the Pike River families’… Read more »

Pike River drift re-entry project – reviewing the potentially fatal risks

Solid Energy’s work to review the potentially fatal risks in re-entering the main drift at Pike River has highlighted a number of interconnected issues, says Chief Executive Dan Clifford. “Public discussion about this project seems to be looking for a single issue, something which might explain why Solid Energy has taken this time to decide… Read more »

Pike River drift re-entry project

In relation to its project to re-enter the drift at Pike River Mine, safety is the absolute priority for Solid Energy, says Board Chair Pip Dunphy. “We understand that the time it is taking to complete our evaluation of the risks is frustrating for the family members and we are trying to complete this work… Read more »

Solid Energy confirms changes at Stockton Mine in Buller

Solid Energy has today confirmed to its Stockton Mine staff that it will reduce the mine’s output and make changes to the way work is organised. The change, outlined as a proposal to staff on 6 June, is in response to continuing low international coal prices. Chief Executive Dan Clifford says there was constructive feedback… Read more »

Solid Energy plans production and job reductions at West Coast export mine

Solid Energy has today told Stockton Alliance staff that it plans to reduce production at the West Coast export mine by a quarter, from 1.9 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) to 1.4 Mtpa in the next financial year, and that it is proposing to reduce jobs at the mine, in response to continuing low international… Read more »

Solid Energy sells surplus Southland farmland

Solid Energy has sold approximately 2,000 hectares (ha) of surplus rural land in Eastern Southland. All but one of the successful tenderers are New Zealand entities, including a number of local farming enterprises. The sale offering included 900 ha of dairy farm land and approximately 1,100 ha of farms suitable either for conversion to dairying… Read more »

Solid Energy appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Solid Energy has appointed Australian mining executive, Dan Clifford, as Chief Executive Officer. Mr Clifford, who currently works for Glencore as General Manager of the Ulan Complex which incorporates an opencast and two underground mines in New South Wales, takes up the position in early May. Mr Clifford began working in the mining industry more… Read more »

Reddale Mine at Reefton changing to owner-operator under Solid Energy

Solid Energy will become the operator at its Reddale Mine near Reefton from March when a two-year coal production contract with Doug Hood Mining Ltd (DHML), which has successfully operated the mine since it began production in early 2012, ends. Chief Operating Officer, Tony King, says Solid Energy appreciates the performance of DHML during the… Read more »