Nui Beo Coal JSC under the Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited (Vinacomin) has set a new record in pit depth after it completed the excavation of a pit of 371.6m under the sea level.

The company’s underground mining project started in March 2012 with a total investment of 5.3 trillion VND (245 million USD).

It is expected to go into operation in 2019 and reach its annual designed capacity of 2 million tonnes two years later.

Under its development plan until 2020 with a vision to 2030, Vinacomin aims to produce 64.6 million tonnes by 2015, 71.9 million tonnes by 2020, and 87 million tonnes by 2030.

To achieve the goal, the corporation has put into use a series of high technologies and modern equipment to increase coal mining and processing efficiency while minimising the adverse impact on the environment.-VNA