LONGWALL MINING Overview. In the method of secondary extraction known as longwall mining a relatively long mining face (typically in the range 100 to 300m but may be longer) is created by driving a roadway at right angles between two roadways that form the sides of the longwall block, with one rib of this new roadway forming the longwall face.
Water. Large quantities of water are used in mining operations for cooling machinery, dust suppression, cleaning, fire-fighting and drinking. Water supplies are normally carried in steel pipes from surface to points close to the work places, with flexible hoses used for the final connections.
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