From Left, newly appointed Manager of Mining Services, Guy Boaz, General Manager: Operations Dr Trevor Matheson, and Dr Basil Beamish, spontaneous combustion expert from B3 Mining Services, Australia.
|CRL Energy welcomes the addition of mining engineer Guy Boaz who has joined our team as Manager of Mining Services and will be operating out of our Buller office in Westport. Mr Boaz will be leading a research programme focussed on identifying and mitigating mining hazards, with the programme having recently been prepared and reviewed by Mr Boaz, GM Operations Dr Trevor Matheson, and Australian spontaneous combustion expert Dr Basil Beamish from B3 Mining Services, Australia.
The team says that while careful attention and commitment to best safety practices can mitigate hazards and risks, the necessary New Zealand-focussed body of knowledge required to underpin best safety practices in mining is significantly underdeveloped.
“More than ever before, mining companies, particularly those involved in underground coal mining, are aware of the need for good quality research into mining hazards. Many of the hazards are specific to coal mining, a better understanding of the underlying causes and effects of these hazards is critical for the identification, management, and mitigation of the risks,” says Dr Matheson.
Mr Boaz says the principal stakeholders in this research will include mine owners, mine workers, mine contractors, regulators, mine rescuers, and researchers.
“The immediate aim of the programme is to develop a technical service centre that will provide human capability and state-of-the-art equipment in New Zealand to address the identification, management, and mitigation of mine hazard issues in New Zealand. The centre will be the ‘go to’ place for anybody with a need for mining hazard research, consulting, testing, and training services. The centre will be well networked into public and private sector sources of mining hazard information and advice, both nationally and internationally.”
Mr Boaz has a mix of underground production management and technical support experience in Huntly and the West Coast in New Zealand,
New South Wales
in Australia, as well as South Africa. He brings a wealth of experience in underground coal mining methods (longwall, bord and pillar, and hydraulic) along with knowledge and capability in gas drainage, mine ventilation, roof control, mine planning, and operational support.
For more information see our staff profile pages for Guy Boaz’s contact details.