Bowie to spend a year, at least, to re-position longwall at Colorado mine

Bowie Resource Partners LLC said Sept. 29 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Bowie Resources LLC, will be scaling back production at its Bowie #2 mine near Paonia, Colorado, as a result of idling its longwall while it develops a new longwall panel and continues to evaluate the market for Bowie #2 coal.

The company expects the new longwall panel to be fully developed in approximately twelve months. The Bowie #2 mine currently employs 181 full time employees and 19 contractors. It is anticipated that 19 contractor and 78 full time positions will be eliminated.

“Some of the affected employees will be relocated where possible to fill vacancies in other parts of the business; however, layoffs are unfortunately unavoidable,” said Gene E. DiClaudio, BRP’s Chief Operating Officer.

Bowie Resource Partners owns and operates three underground coal mines in Utah and one underground coal mine (Bowie #2) in Colorado and is the leading western bituminous coal producer, with 15.8 million tons of coal sales in the 2014 calendar year. Its mines produce clean-burning, low-sulfur thermal coal primarily for consumption by domestic power generators in Utah.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows that Bowie #2 produced 856,749 tons in the first half of this year, and 2.4 million tons in all of 2014 and 3.3 million tons in all of 2013. U.S. Energy Information Administration data shows customers for this mine earlier this year included the Escanaba Mill in Michigan, the city of Wyandotte in Michigan and the Intermountain Power Project in Utah.

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