6 Nov 2012

Parties meet to discuss plan to re-open mine

9:15 pm on 6 November 2012

The first steps towards a plan to re-open the Pike River mine have been taken in Greymouth.

Three internationally-recognised mining experts have been asked by the families of 29 workers killed in explosions at the West Coast mine in November 2010 to determine if a recovery operation is feasible.

David Feickert, Bob Stevenson and David Creedy will decide on whether to re-open the sealed mine.

While they are yet to establish a feasible plan, they say similar mine re-entries have been carried out worldwide.

Mr Feickert says collecting information has begun, with a meeting with Pike River owner Solid Energy and Mines Rescue personnel in Greymouth on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Feickert says there is still a lot of work to do, but mine entry and body recovery is entirely possible.