In October Herne-based RAG Mining Solutions once again organised two training courses for a Russian coal producer. In this the company staff were assisted by technical experts from RAG.
The first-week management seminar involved a knowledge exchange designed to ensure a high standard of workplace safety at collieries and mining establishments. Experts from RAG Mining Solutions and RAG were on hand during the second week of the course to communicate their experience and present methods for increasing the energy efficiency of underground mining operations.
Dr Holger Witthaus, head of services mining engineering at RAG Mining Solutions and project manager for the training programme, referred to the event as a partnership of equals: 'Those taking part are specialist engineers from a modern, high-performance mining company and they have a wealth of experience of their own.' Nevertheless, the Russian company was said to be very keen to achieve greater commercial efficiency and improve operational safety performance.
The training sessions also included underground visits at Prosper-Haniel colliery in Bottrop and Auguste Victoria colliery in Marl, where the visitors were able to see how the theoretical aspects of the course were being put to practical application below ground. Witthaus was particularly impressed by the team-spirit of everyone involved: 'The way the study party interacted with the specialists from RAG headquarters and with the colliery personnel served to make the whole exercise a great success'. And he went on to say: 'This broad-based training event gave us an opportunity to share RAG's extensive mining expertise with Russian mine managers.'
Source: RAG Mining Solutions