Turkish visit QLD to learn mine safety

A delegation of Turkish mining officials is visiting Queensland in order to learn about the state’s mining safety training and technology.

QLD minister for natural resources Dr. Anthony Lynham said the 17 person group of Turkish governmental and mining industry officials’ tour will begin today, and run until June 25th.

“Queensland has one of the safest mining industries in the world and is recognised internationally as a leader in cutting edge mine safety training and technology,” Lynham said.

“Just over a year ago Turkey experienced its worst mining disaster when 311 miners were lost in an underground coal mine explosion at Soma in May 2014.

“Senior Queensland Government mine safety officials visited Turkey in the wake of the Soma disaster at the request of the Turkish mines minister to provide the government with expert advice on mine safety,” he said.

“Queensland is happy to work with the visiting delegation and show them the high standards of mine safety practices, training, research and technology we deliver for our mining industry.”

The delegation will today visit the Queensland Safety in Mines Testing and Research Stations (Simtars) at Redbank.

The delegation is being coordinated by Austrade and led by the Turkey’s deputy undersecretary, ministry of energy and natural resources, Dr. Nevzat Kavakli.

It will also look at mining research at the University of Queensland and CSIRO as well as visit coal mines in central Queensland.

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