BRP and the mine’s operating subsidiary, Bowie Resources, said September 30 that the layoff will include 78 workers and 19 contractors. It currently employs 181 full-time employees and 19 contractors.

Some of the affected employees will be relocated where possible to fill vacancies in other parts of the business; however, layoffs are unfortunately unavoidable,” said BRP COO Gene E. DiClaudio.

The cuts will be effective November 30.

In addition to the new panel development, which it said will take about 12 months, BRP also noted that it wants to continue to “evaluate the market for Bowie No. 2 coal.”

Bowie furloughed about 150 last year when it lost a supply contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

“Some of the affected employees will be relocated where possible to fill vacancies in other parts of the business; however, layoffs are unfortunately unavoidable,” said BRP COO Gene E. DiClaudio.

In all, Bowie owns three underground operations in Utah and another in Colorado. Combined, the company sold 15.8 million tons of western bituminous coal over the last calendar year.