QUEENSLAND has developed the world’s most advanced mobile mine gas laboratory that can be rapidly deployed from Dysart in the event of a mine emergency. Mines Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the fully automated mobile laboratory was developed by the Bligh Government.
“Mine disasters such as the Pike River incident in New Zealand show how the presence of dangerous mine gases can hinder rescue or recovery efforts after an underground mine collapse or explosion.
“Ultra fast mine gas sampling and analysis can vastly improve decision-making and save lives during a mine emergency. “It’s important to have the capability to replace a mine’s own gas monitoring system if it is damaged, destroyed or inadequate in an emergency. “The new $600,000 mobile mine gas laboratory can provide gas monitoring capabilities in a few hours rather than the two weeks it took to complete at Pike River.
“This piece of equipment is designed to save lives.” Mr Hinchliffe said the lab is fully-automated, self-sufficient for power and communications, and can operate in remote locations for extended periods. The new mobile gas laboratory will be stationed at the Dysart Mines Rescue Station so it is closer to the underground mines of the Bowen Basin.