Solid Energy says removal of material from the top of the
Pike River coalmine could take place tomorrow.
Preparatory work to recover the 29 entombed miners entombed
Solid Energy have said favourable weather could permit
lifting of material from the top of the mine's ventilation
The re-entry and recovery plan - which the Government and
Solid Energy have pledged $10 million towards - is designed
to seal off the ventilation shaft in the mine's main entry
tunnel, known as the drift.
The mine will be pumped full of nitrogen to force out any
methane gas and allow experts to walk down a 2.3km shaft to a
Solid Energy spokesman Bryn Somerville said crews "made good
progress, and if the weather's okay, we would expect they'd
be into it tomorrow."
Equipment and personnel from the New Zealand Defence Force
was being used to remove material from around the top of the
mine ventilation stuff.
Families of the fallen miners have welcomed the recovery