Westmoreland Coal recalls workers after Conesville Unit 4 restart

Westmoreland Coal (NasdaqGM: WLB) announced Dec. 15 that it has recalled the workforce at the Buckingham Mine and resumed deliveries as of Dec. 7, after the completion of repairs at American Electric Power’s (NYSE: AEP) Conesville Unit 4.

Conesville Unit 4 is the largest account supplied by Westmoreland in Ohio. U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows that the Buckingham #6 deep mine of Westmoreland’s Buckingham Coal, located in Perry County, Ohio, produced 370,008 tons in the first quarter of this year, falling to 107,443 tons in the second quarter, with a partial rebound to 173,652 tons in the third quarter.

“AEP is an important customer of both Buckingham and Westmoreland Coal. We are excited to resume deliveries and continue to develop our relationship with this key customer,” said Kevin Paprzycki, Chief Executive Officer.

The Conesville station consisted of six units with a total capacity of 1,745 MW. All of the units except Conesville 4 have been 100% owned by AEP. Conesville 4 is jointly owned by Dayton Power & Light (16.5%) and Duke Energy Ohio (40%), which sold its share to Dynegy in 2015. Conesville Units 1 and 2 were retired in 2005. Conesville 3 was retired in 2012. Conesville Unit 4 was retrofitted with a scrubber in 2009. 

Westmoreland Coal is the oldest independent coal company in the United States. Westmoreland’s coal operations include sub-bituminous and lignite surface coal mining in the Western United States and Canada, an underground bituminous coal mine in Ohio, a char production facility, and a 50% interest in an activated carbon plant. Westmoreland also owns the general partner of and a majority interest in Westmoreland Resource Partners LP, formerly Oxford Resource Partners, LP, a publicly-traded coal master limited partnership. Its power operations include ownership of the two-unit ROVA coal-fired power plant in North Carolina.

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