Paringa Breaks Ground on New Poplar Grove Mine

Paringa Resources Ltd., the newest entrant in the Illinois Basin (ILB) steam coal market, began construction in August on its 2.8-million-ton-per-year (tpy) Poplar Grove underground steam coal mine, the first of two deep mines planned by the Australian company for its extensive Buck Creek reserve in western Kentucky. Site work got under way in the McLean County/Hopkins County area near the Green River less than 18 months after the company flip-flopped its original plans and decided to build the low capital expenditure Poplar Grove mine before the 3.8-million-tpy Cypress mine.

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Permitting Concerns Force CONSOL to Change Bailey’s Production Plans

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA-DEP) is requiring more time to evaluate the approval of CONSOL Energy’s Bailey mine permit for the 4L panel, and as a result, the company has decided to move the longwall to another panel in order to resume operations.

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MSHA Proposes Changes to Final Rule on Workplace Examinations for M/NM Mines

This week, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published two proposed rules in the Federal Register that would change the agency’s final rule on examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal (M/NM) mines that was published on January 23. The first proposed rule would make limited changes to the final rule, according to MSHA. The proposed changes would require that an examination of the working place be conducted before work begins or as miners begin work in that place, and that the examination record include descriptions of adverse conditions that are not corrected promptly and the dates of corrective action for these conditions. It would provide mine operators additional flexibility in managing their safety and health programs and reduce regulatory burdens without reducing the protections afforded miners. The proposed rule would continue to permit mine operators with consecutive shifts or those that operate on a 24-hour, 365-day basis to conduct an examination on the previous shift.

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CNXC, OMNIS to Develop First Solid Energy Refinery

CNX Coal Resources (CNXC) and OMNIS Bailey (OMNIS) announced a partnership to build a first-of-its-kind solid energy refinery, which will be used for processing waste coal at the Bailey Mine Complex and converting it into high-quality, Clean Carbon Fuel (CCF). A pilot plant was constructed at the Bailey Central preparation plant in May to allow for optimization of the production process and commercial-scale testing of CCF by power plant customers.

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Teck Updates Steelmaking Coal Guidance

Teck Resources recently provided guidance for expected metallurgical coal price and an update on estimated sales volumes for the third quarter of 2017. The company said it expects to realize an average price of approximately $158 to $163 per metric ton (mt). Met coal sales volumes for the third quarter of 2017 are now expected to be between 7.2 million mt and 7.5 million mt, which is higher than previous guidance of at least 7 million mt, reflecting strong demand.