"The BryDet auger has exceeded our expectations on the Artemus property,” company president Chris Headrick said of Americas’ newest mine.
“The auger has performed flawlessly. This piece of equipment will certainly enhance our production capabilities.”
Artemus crews are set to begin washing the mine’s coal by June 1 and will include that production in its next contracted test unit train on June 14. That train was scheduled to load about 11,500 tons Thursday.
Americas said last month that its contract miner, Black Diamond Energy, began operations at the complex April 15.
The Artemus property in total includes five surface permits and three deep mine permits.
"The Artemus permit was the crown jewel of the Evans Coal acquisition,” officials said of its recently closed transaction for the property.
“This permit gives AENY access to more than 695 acres of permitted coal property.”
Americas had said earlier this year initial production from Artemus would total about 20,000t monthly by the end of May.
Headrick said the contract miner will maximize coal production in the first permit area.
Americas is producing from the 3 Hance seams at Upland Church and the Rooster seams at Hwy 92. At Artemus, crews will pull from the Jellico and Lily seams as well as specialty coal from the Kentucky Blue Gem.
Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, Americas has projects operating in Kentucky and Tennessee and is evaluating other opportunities in the region.