The New Elk Coal Co. LLC subsidiary of Cline Mining (TSX: CMK) announced May 29 the appointment of David Stone to be COO and Darren Nicholls to be Deputy COO of the company.
New Elk Coal operates the recently-revived New Elk deep mine in southeast Colorado, which is seeing a ramp up of production at the moment, though with a slight pause in 2012 due to a slack current market. There is a possible longwall installation in the future at this mine as markets develop. The mine produces metallurgical coal mostly bound for the export market.
Stone is an experienced mining engineer and was previously General Manager, Underground Mining with Xstrata Coal, Australia, with international responsibilities for the Xstrata mines and operations globally. He has been responsible for planning, development and performance of underground operations within Xstrata, as well as the assessment, review and acquisition strategy for potential new assets. Prior to joining Xstrata, Stone had been employed with Anglo Coal, BHP and MIM in progressively important coal mine management, engineering, planning and business systems.
Nicholls is a qualified mine manager with broad experience in mine management operations most recently with Xstrata Coal, Australia, as General Manager eastern operations and Manager Underground Operations. He was previously with ArcelorMittal London as Vice-President Mining-Management, Coal, with operating and commercial accountability for thirty-one coal mines and six coal preparation plants internationally.
Stone will be fully responsible for the management of all New Elk Coal personnel, management and operations, reporting to the CEO and Board of Directors of Cline Mining. Nicholls will report to Stone. Dennis Mraz will advise and assist in the New Elk management transition changes and then assume his new duties as Vice President, Engineering of Cline Mining.