2018 US Prep Plant Census

Owners make investments to improve processing operations by steve fiscor, editor For the most...


Cat Announces 2 New Ultra-class Trucks

Cat Global Mining recently introduction the new Cat 798 AC and the 796 AC, expanding its mining truck line. The new electric-drive 798 AC features a 372-metric-ton (mt) payload. The new electric-drive 796 AC delivers 326-mt...

Cloud Peak Considers Sale

Cloud Peak Energy’s board of directors, its management team, and legal and financial advisors have initiated a review of strategic alternatives, which includes the potential sale of the company. “While our board is undertaking...

Corsa Completes Equipment Upgrade

Corsa Coal reported third-quarter sales of 455,525 tons of metallurgical coal. On a year-to-date basis, low-volatile met coal sales volumes are up 17% versus 2017, and total met sales volumes are up 22% compared to year-to-date...


Solar Sources Resumes Coal Production at Cannelburg Mine

For the first time in several years, Solar Sources Inc.’s Cannelburg surface steam coal mine in Daviess County, Indiana, is back in production, to help fulfill new sales contracts and for blending purposes, according to Felson...

Indiana Coal Mining Rebounding

While Indiana may not produce 39 million tons of steam coal like it did in 2013 anytime soon, the state’s coal industry is on the rebound with at least a couple of new mines planned, the recent resumption of production at...


Ukraine’s Coal Imports Continue to Climb

Imports of coal to Ukraine rose to 15.6 million metric tons (mt) for the first nine months of 2018, a 20% year-on-year increase, valued at $2.2 billion, according to Interfax. Ukraine imported coal worth $1.4 billion from Russia...

China Clamps Down on Thermal Coal Imports

Chinese demand for Australian thermal coal was stronger than expected in the first half of 2018, but softened in September after the Chinese government imposed unofficial restrictions on coal imports in a bid to prop-up its...


Sulzer Signs Deal With Nidec Industrial Solutions

As part of a growing portfolio of services, Sulzer has signed an agreement with Nidec Industrial Solutions that will introduce customers to the high performance, energy-efficient drives with class-leading maintenance services....

Polydeck Celebrates 40th

On October 11, Polydeck Screen Corp. celebrated its 40th anniversary at the company’s Spartanburg, South Carolina, campus. It was a two-day celebration attended by employees, partners and affiliates. The anniversary merits both...


Stockpile Management

Kespry’s new enterprise-grade inventory management monitors, reconciles, and manages inventory data across sites, product lines and divisions. Users can reconcile data from their drone surveys with data from ERP and other...

Gas Detector Released to NA Markets

Dräger released the X-am 8000 multigas detector to the U.S. and Canada markets. It can simultaneously detect up to seven gases, including flammable gases, vapors and oxygen. The company described it as smaller, lighter,...

Clamping Strips for Trefoil Clamping

Beele Engineering announced new clamping strips that secure three high-tension cables in a trefoil clamp, dubbed the RockRoller. The strips, made of Beele’s NOFIRNO rubber, help bundle high-voltage wires that will cross...


Exporting: An Important Revenue Stream for Energy Producers

by jim burrows Coal companies across the United States are benefiting from exporting. Selling overseas is a great way to grow a business and boost the bottom line. In fact, U.S. coal exports have increased by 61% in 2017, as...

LED Light Reduces Roof Bolter Lighting Glare

by john j. sammarco Fortunately, there is an overall trend of increasing mineworker safety in the United States. One example is the rate per 200,000 hours worked of coal mining nonfatal lost-time injuries was 2.57 during 2009...

Studying Longwall Ventilation With Physical Modeling

by vasu gangrade, samuel harteis and james addis Ventilation is the primary method for controlling gas and dust during longwall mining. It is not only important for controlling dust particulates, but also for maintaining...


Motion Industries

Motion Industries promoted Pamela Sims to vice president of marketing. Sims joined Motion Industries in 2004, starting in market research. Her career quickly evolved, and she most recently served as the company’s director of...


Accident Investigation? What Could Go Wrong?

by avi meyerstein You may have some work to do to prepare for your next accident. How you handle the minutes, hours, and days following an accident can determine what kind of mess you may be dealing with — or not — for years to...

Mining is Critical Infrastructure

by erik dullea There are two types of companies in America — those who have been hacked and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked. The gravity of this statement is even more troubling for the mining industry and your role in...


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Top 10 Coal Producing States

Week Ending 9/29/2018
(in Thousand Short Tons)
  YTD '18 YTD '17 % Change
Wyoming 223,744 237,569 -5.8
West Virgina 72,562 68,320 6.2
Pennsylvania 37,402 36,802 1.6
Illinois 36,934 36,787 0.4
Kentucky 29,830 32,339 -7.8
Montana 28,793 25,391 13.4
Indiana 25,352 23,729 6.8
North Dakota 21,996 21,209 3.7
Texas 21,131 26,342 -19.8
Alabama 10,917 9,572 14.0
U.S. Total 562,408 578,373 -2.8

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