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Longwall 2022

THE Meeting Place for Australia’s Longwall Mining Operators

7 – 8 March 2022 | Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

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Join us for the 20th Anniversary Australian Longwall Mining Conference in 2022 for a return to the Nation’s only gathering for elite underground coal miners. Longwall 2022 will aim for a return to the face-to-face networking and shared learning that has come to define the event – alongside in-depth case studies, learnings through the COVID crisis, and technical insights.

Register your interest now to ensure you don’t miss out.

Topics will include:

  • The latest safety initiatives in the industry and key learnings
  • Automation, remote operations, and data science to deliver further safety in longwall operations
  • Productivity improvements to enhance tonnage
  • Best practice longwall moves
  • Gas drainage advancements
  • Ventilation
  • New technology and its application
  • Skilled labour shortages, and strategies to overcome this
  • Attracting a new generation of longwall miners to the industry


Matthew Wakeford

Underground Coal Automation Specialist, Anglo American

Ernest Gosk

Underground Mine Manager, Fitzroy Australia Resources

Jim Middleton

Executive GM, Peabody Energy

Bernie Lambley

Underground Mine Manager, Kestrel Coal Resources

Glenn Olejniczak

LW Superintendent, Tahmoor Coal Pty Ltd - SIMEC

Thomas Henry

Longwall Mechanical Coordinator, SIMEC Mining

Samuel Zerner

Jarod Chadwick

Electrical Engineer, Glencore Coal

Mojtaba Ghaderi

Engineering Manager, Nautitech®

David Sykes

Executive General Manager, Growth and Strategy, Mastermyne

Erin Lee

Regional Manager for Southern Mines Rescue, Coal Services

Mark Shepherd

Chairman, Order Compliance and Industry Support Manager, Coal Services

Ben Lewis

Managing Director, One Key Resources

Shane McDowall

Principal Automation and Technology, Anglo American

Yong Sun

Senior Research Engineer, CSIRO

Ian Wilkinson

Automation Specialist, Anglo American

Patrick Tait

Technology Specialist, Anglo American

Nathan Power

Automation Specialist, Anglo American

Leigh Nicholls

Chief Inspector, NSW Mines Inspectorate

Dane Vogel

Longwall Automation Engineer, South32

Joel Langham Williams

Longwall Superintendent, South32

Chris Woodfull

Corporate Consultant (Geology), Chairman for SRK Australasia, SRK Consulting


9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

10:00 am

  • Setting foundations as Kestrel and embedding an organisational strategic plan
  • Harnessing technology to improve safety, efficiency and performance
  • Investing in our leaders and growing our culture and values

10:20 am

CASE STUDY | Reopening of Crinum underground coal mine

David Sykes, Executive General Manager, Growth and Strategy, Mastermyne

10:40 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:10 am

  • Exploration and fault structure definition
  • Pre-consolidation strategy of the structured zone and execution
  • Longwall operational execution and fault drivage horizon management
  • Learnings for fault drivage at Carborough Downs

11:30 am

  • Introduction and location of the mine
  • Prior horizon control events and previous method of adjusting pan line
  • Engineering solutions and engagement of OEM’s
  • Design and Implementation
  • Application and results

11:55 am


Senior Representative, Komatsu,

12:20 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:20 pm

CASE STUDY | Waterline

Senior Representative, Waterline,

1:40 pm

Online Pick Condition Monitoring

Yong Sun, Senior Research Engineer, CSIRO

2:00 pm

Managing coalburst risk in longwall mining utilising operational and automation

Dane Vogel, Longwall Automation Engineer, South32

Joel Langham Williams, Longwall Superintendent, South32

2:25 pm

Dust related diseases - Diagnosis and treatment

Andy Rutherford, St Vincent’s Hospital

Professor Deborah Yates, Respiratory Physician, Department of Thoracic Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital & Conjoint Associate Professor, University of NSW

2:45 pm

  • Key learnings from exceedance investigations
  • Workplace exposure standards
  • The importance of quality reporting

3:05 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:35 pm

Impact of Intrinsically Safe (IS) Lights on safety and efficiency in underground mining as it relies more heavily on remote operations and greater output.

3:55 pm

Recommendations from recent QLD Enquiry

Leigh Nicholls, Chief Inspector, NSW Mines Inspectorate

4:15 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION | Underground Safety

4:55 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

5:00 pm

CLOSING | End of Conference Day One and Networking Drinks

6:30 pm

Longwall Conference Dinner

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:00 am

Peabody Energy

Jim Middleton, Executive GM, Peabody Energy

9:25 am

PANEL DISCUSSION | Technology in Underground Coal

Ian Wilkinson, Automation Specialist, Anglo American

Patrick Tait, Technology Specialist, Anglo American

Samuel Zerner,

Jarod Chadwick, Electrical Engineer, Glencore Coal

10:05 am

  • Continuing focus on improving efficiency and effectiveness of exploration and mining in the industry with advanced data processing and automation
  • Automated detection filters now commonly applied in the industry to geophysical and lithological data for a range of analyses
  • Combining knowledge compilation, geological interpretation, advanced data processing and machine learning
  • Predicting location of potential deposits and investigating structural features showing promising results
  • Pilot study results combining knowledge compilation, geological interpretation, advanced data processing and machine learning

10:25 am

Networking and refreshment break

10:55 am

Outlook for employment market, recent trends and key learnings for the underground coal sector

Ben Lewis, Managing Director, One Key Resources

11:15 am

11:35 am

PANEL DISCUSSION | Positioning our longwall workforce for the future

Nathan Power, Automation Specialist, Anglo American

Erin Lee, Regional Manager for Southern Mines Rescue, Coal Services

12:20 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

12:30 pm

End of Conference & Lunch


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2895+GST
Extras Price
Conference Dinner $150+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1695+GST
Extras Price
Conference Dinner $150+GST
  • Book 3 delegates and receive the 4th delegate pass at no cost. To take advantage of this offer, please email or call us today on 02 9080 4307
  • *Special Longwall Miner rate available only for representatives from mining companies from their underground operations (this does not include contractors or suppliers).

Book with total confidence

The COVID-19 situation is changing daily, and we want you to feel confident about booking onto our events.

  • If you cannot travel due to restrictions, we can provide a credit of your registration fee towards a future Informa conference or a refund will be available up to 5 working days before the event.
  • If Informa Connect reschedules the event, we will roll over your booking to the new dates.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities


The 20th Annual Longwall Conference, is the meeting place for Australia’s Longwall Miners.

There are many opportunities for networking including social events such as networking drinks and a conference dinner, making this not just a conference… but an all encompassing industry “experience”.

Event sponsorship or exhibiting will allow your organisation to:

  • Build relationships with potential and existing clients
  • Generate leads from a high-level, targeted audience
  • Close sales in a more personal manner than via phone
  • Demonstrate your product in person
  • Network with the industry
  • Build brand awareness

To see what is on offer please contact:

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
T: 02 9080 4334


The value has surged to $US410 a tonne in the past week, representing a more than tripling in price since early 2020.
– Tom Major, ABC, September 24, 2021

GlobalCoal found top quality thermal coal from NSW was fetching $US188.50 per tonne on September 20; close to the record price of $US195.23 per tonne set on July 3, 2008.
In Australian dollar terms, the price is already at record levels for local miners
– Australian Financial Review, September 21, 2021

Metallurgical coal futures on Friday were up 6.3 per cent at $US274.50 per tonne while the thermal coal price at September 2 was $US177.60
– The Australian, September 5, 2021

Australia’s revenue from metallurgical coal exports will skyrocket from $22 billion in 2020-21, to almost $32 billion by 2022-23
– Minister Scott Stewart , Australian Mining, July 9, 2021

Benchmark prices in Australia have rallied about 66 per cent this year to more than $US136 a tonne, the highest since 2008
– Will Kennedy and Thomas Biesheuvel, June 30, 2021

The Australian coal industry is in a strong position to lead the world in developing technology that will help the world reach its zero emission targets while providing energy for nations with developing economies
– Michelle Manook, World Coal Association, July 6, 2021

Coal also continued to be the backbone of our electricity supply, representing 54 per cent of total generation in 2020 and playing an essential role as a stable, baseload source of affordable and reliable power
– The Hon Angus Taylor MP, June 4, 2021

Ord Minnett analysts noted on Tuesday that Australian thermal coal mines were throwing off “incredible” amounts of free cash flow with prices at long term highs, amid strong summer buying in China and Europe
– Nick Evans, August 10, 2021

when & where

07 - 08 Mar 2022

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
430 Wine Country Dr,
Lovedale NSW 2325
(02) 4991 0000


Still have a question?

Aya Mersal
Conference Manager
(02) 9080 4338

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
02 9080 4334

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