“This is a significant step for our company as we are now an active producer of metallurgical coal,” said Cobalt President and CEO David M. Lewis. “Having demonstrated our ability to bring coal projects into production, there are now additional opportunities for expansion at Westchester and elsewhere. The market for metallurgical coal remains robust.”

Cobalt is a publicly traded coal exploration and production company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with a regional office in Welch, W.Va. The company was created in August 2007 to capitalize on the growth opportunities in the met coal business.