Last U.K. Deep Mine Closes

Friday, December 18 was the final day of work for 450 mines at the Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire, also known as the Big K, as the mine will be permanently idled—bringing to an end a two-year-long closure plan for British deep mines.

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Wollongong to Restart Wongawilli in Australia

After placing the mine on care-and-maintenance status last year, New South Wales-based Wollongong Coal is moving toward a restart of operations at the Wongawilli mine and adding 110 workers. The move comes just three weeks after the New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission (NSW PAC) gave a greenlight to a five-year extension of the operation’s mining license. It had been idled since late August 2014.

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Westmoreland Signs Long-term Deal Extension in Canada

Independent producer Westmoreland Coal confirmed it has lengthened a long-term supply deal with Saskatchewan Power Corp. (SaskPower) by an additional 14 years. The deal, which includes more than 58 million tons, will now run through the end of 2029. The coal will originate at Westmoreland’s Poplar River surface mine in the south-central Saskatchewan town of Coronach. The mine has been supplying coal to SaskPower’s Poplar River Generating Station since 1978.

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Cliffs Sells Remaining U.S. Coal Assets

Cliffs Natural Resources sold the Pinnacle mine in West Virginia and Oak Grove mine in Alabama to Seneca Coal Resources. The $268 million deal is based on Seneca Coal assuming all liabilities. Additionally, Seneca Coal may pay Cliffs an earn-out of up to $50 million contingent upon the terms of a revenue sharing plan, which extends through the year 2020.

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