CONSOL runs into problems with belt system at Bailey plant

CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX) reported Aug. 1 that it had incurred a partial structural failure on its above-ground clean coal conveyor belt at the Bailey Preparation Plant in southwestern Pennsylvania.

No one was injured and the system operations were immediately halted. 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.

CONSOL Energy said it had conducted a thorough assessment of the occurrence and reconstruction of the affected systems got underway on July 30. This incident has affected longwall production at Bailey and Enlow Fork. The continuous miner units remain fully operational. The company estimated that engineering of the affected belt system will be completed by Aug. 3, and that it expects to resume production on or about Aug. 12.

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.

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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.