Rhino Resource Partners currently owns and operates mines in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Colorado and Utah. “We are very pleased to be expanding our business into Illinois,” said David Zatezalo, Rhino president and CEO. “The quality of coal in the state is excellent, with an extremely high energy content, which we expect to be in high demand as advanced coal power production replaces conventional coal plants.”

Once sales commitments for the mine’s coal are secured, the initial mine development and construction of support facilities, including a preparation plant and a rail facility, will begin. The mine construction cycle is expected to take 18 to 22 months and should create between 250 and 300 permanent mining jobs once the site construction is completed.