CONSOL Energy expects the longwall move to last approximately four weeks and is implementing several measures to mitigate the production impact from this delay. These measures include working additional unscheduled shifts at the remaining four longwalls, compared to the previous five-and-a-half-day schedule. This operating schedule change will also allow the company to meet its customers’ needs and to immediately recall some of the previously furloughed workers.
As a result of increasing the operating schedule to offset the production impact from the longwall move delay, the company reaffirms previously stated full-year 2017 guidance for the Pennsylvania Mining Complex: 25.6 million tons to 27.6 million tons and total coal capital expenditures of $112 million to $120 million.
CONSOL Energy continues to work closely with the necessary agencies to obtain operating permits, which allow for continuity of longwall mining operations. The Pennsylvania Mining Complex operates five total longwalls with approved permits as far out as 10 years in advance.