Aurora said that about four trains, each carrying approximately 7000t of coal, leave the property in Healy per week destined for Seward on the Alaska Railroad.
The company said late last week that it will be the first time in 26 years it has reached the milestone goal. The company began mining in the area in 1943, when it produced coal for the Army, and exports commenced in 1985.
“This is an exciting export milestone for our company, and it certainly shows how hard our employees work,” vice president of south-central operations Rob Brown said.
“At the end of this calendar year, Usibelli will likely export 1.1 million metric tons of coal, and we hope to exceed that amount in 2012.”
Usibelli meets all of Alaska’s coal demand by supplying fuel to six coal-fired power plants. It also exports to Chile, Japan, and South Korea.
Also last week, Usibelli announced its appointment of Brown to his new seat of vice president for south-central operations.
Brown, who served as project manager for UCM’s Wishbone Hill facility as well as general manager of AES’s coal loading facility, is a graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines.