As a key prelude to the planned re-entry of the drift access tunnel to the damaged Pike River coal mine, the agency involved is now advertising for mining staff.
Radio New Zealand said the Pike River Recovery Agency has advertised for five new mining staff to help with the re-entry and recovery of the damaged mine.
In November 2010, 29 workers perished deep in the mine following a methane blast.
The agency’s chief operating officer Dinghy Pattinson said a good deal of physical labour-intensive work needed to be carried out shortly.
Radio NZ said the agency was developing a detailed operational plan since Pike River Re-entry Minister Andrew Little signed off concept plans in July.
“One of the first of these tasks coming up will be laying the nitrogen lines up in the bush," Pattinson said.
He said the miners required would need to have at least two to five years of experience working in underground New Zealand coal mines because of the other work we'll need to undertake around recovery of the drift.
Pattinson said the agency was initially advertising on the West Coast as there were capable miners based locally who would be interested in the work.
Meanwhile, the agency hired a nitrogen plan that was expected to be operational on site in early October.