Semirara gets go-signal to resume coal mine ops

Posted at 04/19/13 9:53 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Semirara Mining Corp. has received the go-signal from the Department of Energy to re-start mining operations at the northern part of its Panian coal mine in Antique.

In a disclosure to the stock exchange, Semirara said the DOE has given the company full clearance to proceed with coal production.

However, this is subject to certain conditions, such as the close monitoring of measures to ensure the stability of the west and north walls of Panian pit; and controlling the water seepage at the west wall area. 

The DOE also said the Consunji-led company should also continue the search and retrieval operation for miners, who remain missing from a rockslide in February.

The DOE also cited the improvements and measures instituted by the company to ensure the stabilization of the slope to ensure safe operations. 

"As a safety reminder, the company is further enjoined to put paramount importance in implementing actions and programs intended for the safety of its employees at all times," the DOE said.

Last February, a section of the west wall of the Panian pit suddenly collapsed, leaving 5 dead. Mining operations were halted after the incident. 

Semirara island is the Philippines' biggest coal producer.