Cumberland mine now holds the records for production from a single longwall mine among all of Foundation Coal’s operations, including subsidiaries and predecessors. It broke a record set by Emerald, with 7.09 million tons of clean coal production and 6.98Mt of shipments last year versus Emerald’s 6.74Mt of production and 6.66Mt in shipments in 2001. The record was broken on December 13, less than halfway through the month.
This combines with Emerald’s high production levels which lead to a business unit record, 13.79Mt produced and 13.68Mt shipped, which beat two other 2001 records of 13.39Mt of production and 13.48Mt in shipments.
Despite a year of rail transportation issues, disruptions and adverse weather that significantly affected the industry, Foundation’s Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte operations in Wyoming has shipments of 43.61Mt combined last year, breaking a record set in 2003 of 13.48Mt.
“We are extremely proud of the achievements of our Pennsylvania and Wyoming operations in 2005,” said Foundation Coal president James Roberts. “These mines are proof positive that strong leadership, a skilled and highly-trained workforce, and a philosophy of continuous improvement can yield more tonnage without compromising worker safety.”
Maryland-based Foundation has much to celebrate in recent months; it also took home “Coal Company of the Year” honours at the seventh annual Platts Global Energy Awards held in New York in December.