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Alpha Natural Resources West Virginia Affiliates Receive Safety Recognition

On January 30, Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) announced outstanding safety performance for 2017, with four affiliate operations in West Virginia honored for safety achievements by the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training (WVMHS&T) and the West Virginia Coal Association.

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Anglo Sells New Largo Coal Operation in South Africa

Anglo American announced the sale, by its 73% held subsidiary Anglo American Inyosi Coal Pty. Ltd., of the New Largo thermal coal project and Old New Largo closed colliery to New Largo Coal Pty. Ltd. for ZAR850 million ($71 million). New Largo is owned by Seriti Resources Pty. Ltd. and Coalzar Pty. Ltd., which are majority owned and controlled by historically disadvantaged South Africans (HDSAs) and the Industrial Development Corp. SOC Ltd. (IDC).

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Don Blankenship Running for US Senate

Nearly nine months after being released from federal prison, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has entered the West Virginia U.S. Senate race. On January 23, Blankenship, filed his paperwork as a Republican candidate. The seat is currently held by Sen. Joe Manchin.

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Australian Met Coal Production Dips

A number of Australian metallurgical coal exporters have recently signaled that they have suffered production setbacks and are expecting lower output for fiscal year 2018.

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Murray Energy Will Acquire Majority Interest in Armstrong Energy

Murray Energy Corp. announced its subsidiary, Murray Kentucky Energy Inc., has entered into an agreement with Armstrong Energy to purchase a 51% ownership interest in a new company that will own certain assets formerly held by Armstrong Energy. The secured noteholders of Armstrong Energy will hold a 49% ownership interest in the new company.

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