Alpha cautiously resumes production at Cumberland longwall mine

Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR) said Aug. 15 that subsidiary Cumberland Coal Resources LP has mitigated adverse geological conditions in the headgate area of its Cumberland longwall mine in Greene County, Pa.

As a result, the company has resumed operations at this Pittsburgh seam producer and lifted the force majeure related to the geological conditions that halted mining operations and coal shipments July 15.

Alpha President Paul Vining praised the efforts of employees who worked to mitigate the conditions and bring the longwall back into production in a safe and timely manner. “Safety will always take top priority for Alpha, and it was absolutely critical that we mitigate the adverse conditions before resuming mining operations,” Vining said.

Vining explained that while mining and coal shipments have resumed, mine personnel are gradually ramping up operations while continuing to monitor the headgate area geological status and all mine safety and operations conditions.

U.S. Energy Information Administration data shows that some of its power plant customers earlier this year were Walter Beckjord, Miami Fort, J.M. Stuart, W.H. Sammis and Montour. U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows that the mine produced 3.2 million tons in the first half of this year and 6.4 million tons in all of 2012.

Alpha is one of the largest and most regionally diversified coal suppliers in the United States. With mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, Alpha supplies metallurgical coal to the steel industry and thermal coal to generate power to customers on five continents. 

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