Ohio Valley Coal starts major shift of area at Ohio mine

Ohio Valley Coal, a Robert Murray company that operates a longwall-equipped mine in Ohio, said Dec. 20 that it will begin the process of relocating its mining operations, including the movement of equipment and infrastructure to another portion of the mine, approximately ten miles away.

This transition process is estimated to begin on Dec. 22 and will last approximately four weeks. During this transition, all mining activities will cease, and manpower will be focused on the relocation effort. Staffing levels will be lower during this period, as the relocation of equipment and infrastructure requires fewer employees than full-scale mining.

Ohio Valley currently employs 758 people, and approximately 333 of these employees will be temporarily idled for certain portions of the move. Ohio Valley plans to resume full-scale production on Jan. 20, at which time normal scheduling and full employment will resume.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows that Ohio Valley Coal’s Powhatan No. 6 mine, which works the high-sulfur Pittsburgh seam, produced 4 million tons in the first three quarters of 2014 and nearly 5.6 million tons in all of 2013.

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