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Arch's Mountain Laurel Mine Discontinues Longwall Operations

Coal News - Published on Mon, 18 Nov 2019

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Arch Coal Inc announced that it has discontinued longwall operations at its Mountain Laurel mine in Logan County, West Virginia, three months earlier than planned. The move is expected to reduce Arch's fourth quarter coking coal volumes by between 150,000 and 200,000 tons and its fourth quarter operating results by approximately USD 20 million versus previous expectations.

Mountain Laurel had encountered challenging geologic conditions in its final longwall panel. Once removed from the mine, the longwall system will be refurbished and relocated to the Leer South mine, which is expected to commence longwall production in the third quarter of 2021.

This accelerates Mountain Laurel's planned transition to a room-and-pillar operation. Mountain Laurel currently has three of five continuous miners operating efficiently in the new configuration, and now expects to complete its transition to a room-and-pillar mine early in the first quarter of 2020. No changes in the mine's workforce are anticipated.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 18 Nov 2019
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