CONSOL’s Bailey and Enlow Fork mines resume production

CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX) said Aug. 23 that it has resumed coal production at its Bailey and Enlow Fork longwall mines in southwestern Pennsylvania after a belt system that had collapsed was partially repaired.

As reported on July 30, production was halted due to a structural failure on a newly-installed above-ground conveyor system at the Bailey Preparation Plant, which processes coal from both of these mines. The first of two collapsed belts was returned to service Aug. 23, enabling the mines to operate at an estimated 60% of capacity. Rail shipments are also commencing on Aug. 23.

The company said it expects to resume full production the week of Sept. 3, when replacement of the second collapsed belt is completed.

This complex, featuring the two biggest coal deep mines in the U.S., is a huge source of Pittsburgh-seam coal for both domestic and export markets. Bailey produced 5.9 million tons in the first half of this year and 10.8 million tons in all of 2011, while Enlow Fork produced 5.2 million tons in the first half and 10.2 million tons in 2011, according to U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data. Also, CONSOL is currently building the BMX project, which is basically a third longwall for Bailey that will add another 5 million tons per year of production at this complex.

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