Alliance Resource Partners is forecasting strong coal sales in the fourth quarter of 2017, with shipments possibly reaching 10.8 million short tons, as its Hamilton longwall mine in southern Illinois recovers from adverse geological conditions that hampered production during the third quarter. The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company is sold out for 2017, and late this fall booked additional sales commitments of 2.5 million tons of export shipments and 1.2 million tons of domestic deliveries in 2018, according to Joe Craft, Alliance’s president and CEO.
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