CONSOL Energy clears up belt problem at Bailey prep plant

CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX) said Aug. 12 in a brief statement that it has resumed normal coal operations at the Bailey Preparation Plant in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

A partial structural failure in a newly-installed belt system caused the suspension of longwall production from the company’s Bailey and Enlow Fork mines, which are two of the largest coal deep mines in the U.S.

CONSOL had reported Aug. 1 that it had incurred a partial structural failure on its above-ground clean coal conveyor belt at Bailey. The belt system conveys coal from the Bailey and Enlow Fork longwall mines, both of which work the Pittsburgh coal seam, at the clean coal silos to the Bailey complex train loadout.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows that Bailey produced 5.65 million tons in the first half of this year, against 10.12 million tons in all of 2012. Enlow Fork produced 5.12 million tons in the first half of 2013 and 9.46 million tons in all of 2012.

CONSOL Energy also said Aug. 12 that it reaffirms its earlier expectation to sell from 13.4 million to 13.9 million tons of coal during the third quarter.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.