An Appalachian operator launches a new complex to produce high-quality metallurgical grade coal
by steve fiscor, editor
The recent market improvement for metallurgical grade coal has allowed coal operators to breathe new life into some Appalachian operations. One of those, Ramaco Resources, has invested more than $75 million to open four new mines and build the Elk Creek prep plant during the last year. The company produces high-quality, low-cost met coal from its Elk Creek and Berwind operations in West Virginia, and it also owns the Knox Creek prep plant in Virginia as well as the RAM reserve in Pennsylvania. While each of these properties have different geological and logistical advantages, Elk Creek is the flagship operation.
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