Overview of CONSOL Energy Coal Operations
Where geology is favorable and CONSOL Energy reserves are
sufficient, the company utilizes longwall mining systems in its
underground mines. Mines equipped with longwall technology are
highly mechanized and provide increased production.
An integral part of the longwall mining process is the
continuous mining machines. These units are used to carve out the
longwall panels by driving "entries" into the coal seam, providing
access for miners and equipment, streams of air for ventilation
purposes, the dimensions of longwall panels and escape routes.
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