Profile: Arch Coal Inc (ACI.N)
8 Jan 2016
Arch Coal, Inc., incorporated on June 20, 1969, is a coal producer. The Company is engaged in the production of thermal and metallurgical coal from surface and underground mines located throughout the United States, for sale to utility, industrial and steel producers both in the United States and around the world. The Company operates, or contracts out the operation of over 10 active mines in the United States. The Company's segments include the Powder River Basin, with operations in Wyoming, and the Appalachia, with operations in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland and Virginia. The Company also sells coal from operations in Colorado and Illinois.
Powder River Basin
The Powder River Basin consists of Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines. Black Thunder is a surface mining complex located on approximately 35,800 acres in Campbell County, Wyoming. The Black Thunder complex extracts steam coal from the Upper Wyodak and Main Wyodak seams. The Black Thunder mining complex has approximately 1.2 billion tons of proven and probable reserves. The Black Thunder mining complex consists of active pit areas and over three loadout facilities. Coal Creek is a surface mining complex located on approximately 7,400 acres in Campbell County, Wyoming. The Coal Creek mining complex extracts steam coal from the Wyodak-R1 and Wyodak-R3 seams. The Coal Creek mining complex has approximately 153.7 million tons of proven and probable reserves. The Coal Creek complex consists of active pit areas and a loadout facility.
The Company's mines in Appalachia include Coal-Mac, Lone Mountain, Mountain Laurel, Beckley, Vindex, Sentinel and Leer. Coal-Mac is a surface and underground mining complex located on approximately 46,000 acres in Logan and Mingo Counties, West Virginia. Surface mining operations at the Coal-Mac mining complex extract steam coal primarily from the Coalburg and Stockton seams. The Coal-Mac mining complex has approximately 24.6 million tons of proven and probable reserves.
Lone Mountain is an underground mining complex located on approximately 54,000 acres in Harlan County, Kentucky and Lee County, Virginia. The Lone Mountain mining complex extracts steam and metallurgical coal from the Kellioka, Darby and Owl seams. The Lone Mountain mining complex has approximately 10.2 million tons of proven and probable reserves. The complex consists of approximately three underground mines operating over six continuous miner sections.
Mountain Laurel is an underground and surface mining complex located on approximately 38,200 acres in Logan County and Boone County, West Virginia. Underground mining operations at the Mountain Laurel mining complex extract steam and metallurgical coal from the Cedar Grove and Alma seams. Surface mining operations at the Mountain Laurel mining complex extract coal from a number of different splits of the Five Block, Stockton and Coalburg seams. The complex consists of over one underground mine operating a longwall and approximately one continuous miner sections, a preparation plant and a loadout facility.
The Beckley mining complex is located on approximately 15,400 acres in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Beckley is extracting low-volatile metallurgical coal in the Pocahontas No. 3 seam. The Vindex mining complex consists of a surface mine located on approximately 40,300 acres in Maryland and West Virginia. Mining operations extract coal from the Upper Freeport, Middle Kittanning, Pittsburgh, Little Pittsburgh and Redstone seams.
The Sentinel mining complex consists of one underground mine, a preparation plant and a loadout facility located on approximately 25,600 acres in Barbour County, West Virginia. Mining operations extract coal from the Clarion coal seam. The Leer complex, located in Taylor County, West Virginia, includes approximately 40.1 million tons of coal reserves. It has both steam and metallurgical quality coal in the Lower Kittanning seam and is a part of approximately 79,400 acres that is considered its Tygart Valley area.
The West Elk is an underground mining complex located on approximately 17,800 acres in Gunnison County, Colorado. The West Elk mining complex extracts steam coal from the E seam. The West Elk mining complex has approximately 53.5 million tons of proven and probable reserves. The West Elk complex consists of a longwall, continuous miner sections and a loadout facility. The Viper mining complex consists of an underground coal mine and a preparation plant located on approximately 46,500 acres in central Illinois near the city of Springfield. Mining operations extract steam coal from the Illinois No. 5 seam, also referred to as the Springfield seam. It has approximately 37.2 million tons of proven and probable reserves.
The Company competes with Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., Cloud Peak Energy, CONSOL Energy Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp.
Arch Coal Inc
City Place One Ste 300
Arch Mineral Corp
ST. LOUIS MO 63141