Cumberland Longwall Encounters
A shearer operator cuts coal at the Cumberland mine using a handheld remote.
Contura Energy revised its 2018 production
outlook downward for the Cumberland
longwall mine in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Over the last several weeks, the mine
has been experiencing unforeseen geologic
conditions due to reduced coal seam
thickness and localized soft clay influences
within the coal seam. As a result, both
production and processing have slowed.
The mine was temporarily idled for several
days in mid-June to more effectively
manage raw stockpile levels. Production
has since resumed, though the company
expects reduced tonnage levels for the
next several weeks as production works
through the localized clay issues.
These challenging conditions are not
currently expected to extend past early
to mid-August. “While these tough conditions
were not anticipated, we believe
they are temporary, and we will continue
to work through them in the most safe
and efficient manner possible,” said Kevin
Crutchfield, CEO, Contura Energy. “I
am confident in our operations team to
get the mine back to peak efficiency in
the coming weeks.”
The company now expects its total
2018 Northern Appalachian shipments
to be reduced by approximately 1 million
tons below the previously announced
guidance of 7.1 million tons to 7.5 million
tons. NAPP costs are now expected
to be between $35/ton and $38/ton for
the full-year 2018.
As featured in Womp 2018 Vol 07 - www.womp-int.com