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The 2007 Percy Nicholls Award  

Awarded To: Peter J. Bethell

"Engineer, Organizer, and Administrator and outstanding leader in the Coal Industry. Peter has made important and lasting impressions on design of coal-utilization equipment to use a wider range of coals."
Peter Bethell obtained a First Class B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Mining Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Fine Coal Separation from Nottingham University in England. He is a graduate of The Executive Program at The Darden Business School of U.VA. in the U.S.A. He has spent the last 25 years working in the Energy and Minerals Industry in senior processing and management positions both in the U.S. and Australia. Operationally, during this period he has had responsibility for Oil and gas, timber and mine supply companies, as well as running long wall and surface coal mines. He has been responsible for the design, optimization and efficient operation of coal processing plants for: Pittston, Massey, Cyprus Amax and now Arch coal He accepted the position of Director of Preparation for Arch Coal, commencing January 2004. At Arch, with the coal preparation team, he has successfully completed major plant upgrades at all Arch’s processing facilities, generating substantial economic benefits (400 k tons additional coal recovery annually). He has also been actively involved in the design, construction and commissioning of the new Cardinal and Castle Valley Plants. The development of best practices in Arch Coal’s processing plants has been a key focus. Peter has been instrumental in the initial application and further development of column flotation and spiral circuitry in the U.S. coal industry.

About The Percy Nicholls Award:

The Percy W. Nicholls Award, established in 1942, funded by AIME and ASME in alternating years, is given for notable scientific or industrial achievement in the field of solid fuels.


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