Epiroc to Acquire CR Mining

Epiroc announced plans to acquire CR (formerly known as CR Mining), an Australia-based provider of...


PJM Warns About Approaching Capacity Issues

In a recently released report, PJM, a regional transmission organization (RTO) that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia, said it would not be able to...

American Resources Starts Second Section at Carnegie 2

American Resources Corp., through its subsidiary, American Carbon Corp., a metallurgical coal producer, announced that it has expanded production at its Carnegie 2 mine in Pike County, Kentucky, by adding a second operating...

Former Eskom CEO Flees South Africa

By Gavin du Venage The former boss of South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has fled the country after giving an interview in which he laid bare the extent of corruption at the embattled utility. Andre de Ruyter was appointed...


SunCoke Revises Coke Production Guidance Upward

In its Q3 2022 earnings release, SunCoke Energy said it expects to surpass its full-year 2022 Adjusted EBITDA guidance high end of $285 million, mainly driven by higher margins on export coke sales.  The company also said its...

Ramaco Reports Impressive Numbers

In its third-quarter earnings release, Ramaco Resources said its overall production for the quarter was 658,000 tons, up 19% from the same period of 2021. The Elk Creek complex produced 511,000 tons. Production from the Berwind...

Inflation Impacts North American Coal

In its third quarter earnings report, North American Coal Mining attributed a 7.9% increase in revenues to an increase in the per ton sales price at Mississippi Lignite Mining Co. Operating profit, however, decreased...


Botswana Seeks Coal-to-Liquid Investment

Looking to secure funding partners for a $2.5-billion plant to produce synthetic fuels from coal, Botswana believes it can tap its extensive coal resources, following Sasol’s model in South Africa, according to Bloomberg. “Look...

Mantashe: Coal Can Reinvent Itself

During his keynote address at the Council for Geoscience Summit (CGS), held at the Durban International Convention Center from October 25 to 27, South Africa’s Minerals and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe expressed his belief...


Syntron Material Handling Acquires Conveyors Plus

Syntron Material Handling completed the acquisition of Conveyors Plus, a provider of belt alignment systems based in Canada. The company’s patented Sure Align Tracker belt alignment system is designed for demanding applications...

Epiroc to Acquire CR Mining

Epiroc announced plans to acquire CR (formerly known as CR Mining), an Australia-based provider of...


Explosion Proof 5G Smartphone

With the introduction of the IS540.1 smartphone, i.safe MOBILE said a new era for explosion-proof mobile communication solutions begins. The IS540.1 is the world’s first ATEX and IECEx Zone 1/21 approved smartphone. The Qualcomm...

Robust and Reliable Drive Systems

MAXXDRIVE XD industrial gear units, designed for hoists, feature center distances that are 35% bigger. That allows for a U-shaped drive arrangement, with the cable drum and motor on the same side of the gearbox. The housings are...


Outlook for Coal Remains Healthy

Last year was good and this year will be better. That’s what coal operators are telling stakeholders. Alliance Resource Partners reported record cash flow in its Q4 2022 earnings report. (see News, p. 4) CONSOL Energy echoed...

The Year That Was

The holiday season is a time of reflection for many people. They express gratitude for what they have as they close the books on one year and remain hopeful as another begins. In general, this was a good year for the coal...


CR, Jaws Develop New Shovel GET at Maules Creek

CR recently announced the results of a collaborative development with Jaws on a new bucket, lip, and GET combination for the 800-metric-ton (mt) excavators operating at the Maules Creek open-pit mine, which has resulted in a...


Leer South Finds Better Mining Conditions

Arch Resources reported strong operating cash flow from its core metallurgical and legacy thermal segments during Q3 2022, even as it navigated through persistent rail service challenges at the western mines, continuing...

NMA Presents Sentinels of Safety

The U.S. National Mining Association’s Sentinels of Safety Award recognizes coal and mineral mining operations in 10 categories for recording the most hours in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury. A minimum of...

CONSOL: Exception Free in Q3

In its Q3 2022 earnings report, CONSOL Energy discussed its recent success, which included a healthy dividend; its 2023 and 2024 contracted position improving to 21.8 million tons and 8.8 million tons, respectively; and the...


Innovation Center Opens in Wyoming

Officials gathered for the grand opening of the Wyoming Innovation Center (WyIC) in Campbell County. The 5,500-ft2 facility on 10 acres will be home to companies and researchers developing commodities using coal and coal...

Japan Plans First Carbon Capture, Storage Project

Japanese oil refiner Eneos Holdings and utility J-Power have joined forces to launch the nation’s first permanent carbon capture and storage operation by the end of this decade, the two companies said. The partners have agreed...

Woodmac: Ammonia Co-firing Could Be Worth $100B in 2050

Japan’s power utilities are taking a lead in co-firing ammonia in both coal- and gas-fired power plants. Initial tests have shown encouraging results, and commercial operations are scheduled to start around 2025. South Korea...


WV Coal Hall of Fame Inducts Newest Honorees

The West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame, a joint initiative between the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and the West Virginia Coal Association and housed at the WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources in...

VCEA 2019 Excellence in Mining Awards Presented

A total of 11 awards of excellence were presented to Southwest Virginia coal companies during the Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance’s 48th annual Fall Meeting and “Excellence In Mining Awards,” recently at the Russell County...


Ramaco Coal Sales – A. Jerald Hylton

A. Jerald Hylton has been appointed vice president for sales for Ramaco Coal Sales, LLC, a subsidiary of Ramaco Resources, Inc. He will manage the company’s domestic and seaborne thermal and industrial sales and marketing...

Eriez – Jaisen Kohmuench

Eriez named Jaisen Kohmuench chief operating officer. He will manage all Eriez’s major operations, including Eriez-USA, Eriez Global Flotation and Eriez international businesses, working closely with corporate executives and...


Haul Trucks and Hammers aren’t “Mines”

If a haul truck or a hammer is used for mining or used at a mine, does MSHA have jurisdiction over them forever, wherever they go and however they are used? Put differently, does “jurisdiction follow equipment if it travels away...

MSHA’s New Enhanced Enforcement Program is ‘Something’

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has a new “Enhanced Enforcement Program.” If this is news to you, you’re in good company. MSHA hasn’t done much to publicize it. Word of the program has been circulating...


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Top 10 Coal Producing States & Regions

Week Ending (12/31/22)
(in Thousand Short Tons)
 YTD '23YTD '22% Change
West Virginia83,37878,6206.1
North Dakota27,16326,5132.5
Appalachian Total158,785155,5402.1
Interior Total97,44593,4104.3
Western Total340,947328,4813.8
U.S. Total597,177577,4313.4

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