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Thiess Will Expand Sangatta in Indonesia

Thiess has been awarded a $300 million contract by Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC) to expand operations at the Sangatta coal mine in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The contract will extend the current life-of-mine contract, increasing coal production at the Melawan pit by 12 million metric tons (mt) and overburden removal by 130 million bank cubic meters (bcm) over four years, until December 2021.

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Warrior Met Nearly Triples Coal Sales

In its most recent earnings statement, Warrior Met Coal reported a 279% year-on-year improvement in coal sales. The company reported third-quarter 2017 net income of $119.7 million, compared to a net loss of $33.6 million in the third quarter of 2016. The market for high-quality premium met coal has tightened, and the Alabama-based coal operator is reaping the rewards of several recent strategic decisions.

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Armstrong Files for Bankruptcy

Illinois Basin coal producer Armstrong Energy Inc. filed petitions for reorganization under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on November 1. The company took this action in order to transfer all of its assets to a new entity to be jointly owned by Knight Hawk Holdings LLC (Knight Hawk) and the company’s secured noteholders.

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Spring Creek is Recognized With Top National Reclamation Award

Cloud Peak Energy, one of the largest U.S. coal producers and the only pure-play Powder River Basin (PRB) coal company, announced its Spring Creek mine, located near Decker, Montana, received the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) 2017 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Award for enhanced reclamation success through the diversity of topography, soil and vegetation. The award was presented at the National Mining Association’s awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on November 6.

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Liebherr Completes Field Tests for T236 Hauler

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At an international press event last week in Leoben, Austria, Liebherr showcased its T 236 mining truck. This 100-metric-ton (mt) haul truck, which is powered by a diesel-electric drive system, is the first in this class with a four-corner, oil immersed braking system. Since its debut at MINExpo 2016 in Las Vegas, the T 236 has successfully completed its testing phase and has recently started its first field operation trials at the Erzberg iron mine in Austria.

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