Alliance Resource Partners will cease coal production on August 16 at the Dotiki mine operated by its subsidiary, Webster County Coal LLC, to focus on maximizing production at its lower-cost mines in the Illinois Basin, the company said. After production ceases, the operation will engage in reclamation of equipment and infrastructure for an undetermined amount of time.

“Unfortunately, weak market conditions made this action necessary,” said Joe Craft, chairman, president and CEO, Alliance Resource Partners. “We are saddened that production will be ending at the Dotiki mine, which was opened in 1969 and is the oldest mine operated by ARLP.”

Alliance said it does not expect this decision to have any impact on 2019 full-year ranges for coal production of 40.8 million to 42.3 million tons and coal sales volumes of 40.8 million to 42.4 million tons.