Central Appalachian steam coal producer B&W Resources plans to open a new surface mine soon in eastern Kentucky and is hoping to return to the 1-million-ton production threshold in 2019.
Bill Tallent, the company’s longtime vice president of sales, said the Lipari Energy subsidiary intends to open the new Alum Cave surface mine in Knott County, Kentucky, in May. The mine is expected to produce at least 50,000 tons per month, or a minimum of 600,000 tons annually, drawing upon B&W’s estimated reserve base of 15 million tons to 20 million tons.