Mine Overview

New Elk Coal is an underground mine using the room and pillar system, which is the predominant coal mining method in the United States. Coal deposits are mined by cutting a network of rooms into the coal, leaving pillars to support the roof of the mine.

The coal is washed at our processing facility, then transported by rail to Convent Marine Terminal in New Orleans for export to the global seaborne market. Other port options include Pasadena Deepwater Terminal in Houston, as well as the Port of Los Guaymas in Mexico.

Initially, the coal will be transported in trucks (27t payload) along Highway 12 to the Jansen Yard rail load-out facility, south of Trinidad, Colorado. This will continue for approximately 18 to 24 months during which time a railway spur extending from the mine to the rail load-out facility will be built. The spur will run alongside Highway 12. Once complete, coal will be loaded into unit trains at the mine, and transported direct to port. The planned trucking schedule is summarised below.

Phase 1 trucking – late April 2021 to mid-2022

  • Days: Monday to Friday
  • Hours: 5am to 5pm (no trucking during school drop-off and pick-up in Weston)
  • Trucks: 8 trucks doing 6 trips per day

Phase 2 trucking – mid-2022 to mid-2023  

  • Days: Monday to Friday
  • Hours: 5am to 5pm and 6pm to 3am (no trucking during school drop-off and pick-up in Weston)
  • Trucks: 10 trucks doing 6 trips per day

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