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Cloud Peak Q1 coal production down by 15pct

Coal News - Published on Thu, 26 Apr 2018

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Rapid City Journal reported that production at Cloud Peak Energy’s Cordero Rojo mine south of Gillette fell by 41 % for the first three months of the year compared to last year, the largest comparative drop in Powder River Basin mines as they entered 2018. Early production numbers came out last week showing a slight drop in Wyoming’s tonnage, but that did not include data from Cloud Peak’s two Wyoming mines or its Spring Creek mine in Montana.

The first quarter of the year, from January to March, is the start of the shoulder season for coal. When weather improves enough to reduce demand for heat, production often declines at Wyoming’s mines that serve the electricity sector. Nonetheless, the drops for some mines in the Powder River Basin are far less than last year’s shoulder season.

Overall the basin’s production remained stable, dropping by about 1 % from last year, according to preliminary data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Wyoming’s lower-heat mines appeared to face the most challenge maintaining production levels.

Arch Coal’s Coal Creek Mine produced 35 % less coal in the first three months of 2018 than the previous year. Kiewit’s Buckskin mine and Blackjewell LLC’s Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines all produced fewer tons that the previous year’s quarter.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Thu, 26 Apr 2018
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