Pike River was a small mine, still at an early stage of development. Mining Editor. Pike River Recovery Agency chief executive Dave Gawn said he expected re-entry and forensic work in the mine’s access tunnel will take another three months, followed by … The work to re-enter the Pike River mine has reached a significant step, with the workers last night reaching the Rocsil Plug near the end of the drift. The Pike River Mine can be separated into two distinct areas: The mine drift and the mine workings. Pike River Mine workers reach 'real milestone' in recovery operation. Pike River Mine is the second largest hard coking coal export mine in New Zealand. The mine is owned by Pike River Coal, the only listed coal mining and export company in New Zealand. The workings comprise around 4.3 km of inner tunnels, from where the coal was extracted. Twenty-nine men who were in the New Zealand coal mine died when it collapsed in a series of explosions. 1 Oct, 2020 02:26 AM 2 minutes to read. 2 Min Read. The drift is a 2.3 km access tunnel from the entrance of the mine to the workings. The Pike River Recovery Agency has released a video update about the Agency’s operations with Chief Operating Officer Dinghy Pattinson and Chief Executive Dave Gawn. A kinship born out of tragedy. Loader driven by Russell Smith recovered Date published: 6 August 2020 The loader being driven by survivor Russell Smith when the Pike River Mine exploded in 2010 was recovered from 1581m up the drift on Tuesday 4 August 2020. The company situation Pike’s knowledge of the geology and the extent and location of the coal seam was based on an initial 14-borehole exploration programme, supplemented by a similar number of boreholes drilled subsequently. Following so closely on the heels of the Christchurch earthquake in 2011, the Pike River Mine disaster was a tragic end to a year of preventable deaths. Design of the Pike River mine. The Pike River mining disaster was a tragedy that shocked the world. Pike River families astonished at electrical expert's new revelations about the explosion. Family members welcome a significant milestone in the mine drift’s recovery. Pike River mine re-entry: Retrieving human remains possible, says recovery boss. 3 months ago. A 2012 royal commission found Pike River Coal guilty of operating an unsafe mine and failing to heed numerous warnings from employees. The project to mine coal at Pike River was flawed from the start. The vision of driving a 2.3-km tunnel uphill though solid rock, across a fault into a gassy coal seam, with no alternative tunnel or shaft for ventilation or exit, ignored international coal-mining experience. 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