Notification of increased gas levels at Pike River Mine
[26 May 2011]
Tests undertaken as part of the Mine Stabilisation Plan have revealed gas levels (mainly Carbon Monoxide) have increased to such an extent the mine remains unstable, and work at the portal will have to be delayed by at least a week.
PwC Partner John Fisk, Receiver of Pike River Coal Limited (In Receivership) says "we have been advised by the mine manager and experts involved, the increased gas levels make it too unsafe to enter the end of the portal. This is a temporary setback but we realise the delay is frustrating for all those parties involved (especially the families and those who have spent the last two and a half months working to stabilise the mine).
“Ensuring everyone’s safety is our paramount concern. We’re committed to stabilising the mine and will continue to monitor gas levels and reassess the situation in the middle of next week. All other stabilisation activities, other than entering the portal are continuing.
“We have informed the families of the 29 men and will continue to provide updates on any further developments,” adds Mr Fisk.