In July 2013, a contract was signed in the Chinese city of Tangshan between RAG Mining Solutions GmbH, Kailuan Coal Group Ltd. and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH concerning a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project.
The objective of this project is to implement the knowledge about occupational safety and health protection acquired by the German coal mining industry into the Kailuan Coal Group in the form of educational and further training measures. The PPP project will run from 2013 until 2015 and includes the subjects of accident black spots in the fields of roadheading, logistics and coal winning, ventilation, fire protection, hazardous substances, explosion protection and mine rescue.
RAG Mining Solutions (Beijing) Ltd. in Beijing, which was involved in the design and preparation of the project from the very beginning, will actively support the project as the local point of contact, service provider and clearing house. This also includes continuing talks between the two companies about the collaboration in other product fields, such as consulting services for mine development, ventilation and climate technology as well as automation.
During the ceremonious signing of the contract, which was chaired by Zhang Zhiyou, Chief Human Resources Officer of Kailuan Coal Group, Mr Zhang and Mr Dieter Mantwill, General Manager and Head of the HSE-division at RAG Mining Solutions, emphasised the special significance of the project, which will sustainably improve occupational safety in Chinese mining as part of this two year programme. “For us, it’s not about preaching and wagging fingers. Instead, we want to implement the project as partners,” says Dieter Mantwill after signing the contracts.
Dr. Jürgen Steiger, Director of GIZ China, expressed the joy of his organisation about entering into another partnership with RAG, which will completely conform to the objectives of the GIZ as well as those of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). “The safety of miners is a subject which is now enjoying top priority in China as well, and which we are pleased to support with this proportional funding - we will use it as a flagship project for upcoming tasks,” says Steiger.
The high significance, which the subject of occupational safety and health protection has within the Kailuan Coal Group can be seen by the fact that the mining company was accepted as a member into the Association of International Social Security (ISSA) by Secretary-General of ISSA Mining, Helmut Ehnes, who travelled especially for this reason to Tangshan beforehand.