Peter J. Bethell (SME)
Percy Nicholls Award in 2007
Bethell obtained a first class B.S. (honors) degree in mining engineering and a Ph.D. in fine coal separation from Nottingham University in England. He is a graduate of the Executive Program at the Darden Business School of University of Virginia. He has spent the last 25 years working in the energy and minerals Industry in senior processing and management positions in the United States and Australia. He has been responsible for oil and gas, timber and mine supply companies, as well as running longwall and surface coal mines. He has been responsible for the design, optimization and efficient operation of coal processing plants for: Pittston, Massey and Cyprus Amax. Bethell joined Arch Coal as director of preparation in 2004. He has successfully completed major plant upgrades at all Arch’s processing facilities, generating substantial economic benefits — 400 Kt/a additional coal recovery. He has also been involved in the design, construction and commissioning of the new Cardinal and Castle Valley plants. The development of best practices in Arch Coal’s processing plants has been a key focus. He has been instrumental in the initial application and further development of column flotation and spiral circuitry in the U.S. coal industry.