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OCT 2018

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10 www.coalage.com October 2018 news continued And that is without contributions from the new Sun mine and Blankenberger Brothers' proposed new underground mine in Pike County. The privately owned company is waiting to sign a coal sup- ply agreement before moving forward with construction of the mine, possibly in 2019, that could produce up to 3.5 million tons annually. Flint Hill would be Sun's second operating mine, complement- ing its Hilsmeyer surface mine in Dubois County. Sun officials could not be reached for comment as to when development of Flint Hill will commence, but it conceivably could be sooner rather than later if Huntingburg, Indiana-based Sun continues to experi- ence geological issues at Hilsmeyer. These problems have caused Sun to declare force majeure three times this year on an early 2018 coal supply contract it received from Big Rivers Electric Corp., a Henderson, Kentucky-based generation and transmission co-op. Sun has had to suspend deliveries to Big Rivers and recently advised the co-op it most likely will be in early 2019 before ship- ments will resume. The nature of the geological issues has not been publicly disclosed. In any event, Flint Hill would be a roughly 615-acre mine. Baughman expects to make a final permit decision next year. Alliance, the largest coal producer in the high-sulfur Illinois Basin, is producing coal again at Gibson South, which was shut- tered for about three years before it reopened this summer. The mine is less than a mile from its sister Gibso North underground mine near Princeton in Gibson County. Meanwhile, Blackhawk Mining subsidiary Triad Mining is seeking the state's approval of a five-year extension for its non-pro- ducing Log Creek surface and underground mine in Pike County. It probably will be 2019 before a decision is made on Triad's request. Solar Sources Resumes Coal Production at Cannelburg Mine For the first time in several years, Solar Sources Inc.'s Cannelburg surface steam coal mine in Daviess County, Indiana, is back in production, to help fulfill new sales contracts and for blending purposes, according to Felson Bowman, Solar's chairman who founded the company more than 40 years ago. Cannelburg's varying degrees of sulfur content give Solar more flexibility in servicing contracts. The mine is helping to supply a new contract with Indianapolis Power & Light Co., whose 1,700-megawatt Petersburg power plant is located in neighboring Pike County. Petersburg is the only remaining coal plant of IP&L, a subsidiary of Arlington, Virginia-based AES Corp. Solar also operates the Antioch surface mine in Daviess County and Shamrock surface mine in Dubois County. Altogeth- er, the company's three mines are expected to produce in excess of 2.5 million tons of coal annually. According to Bowman, Solar's acquisition nearly two years ago by White Stallion Energy of Evansville, Indiana, is produc- ing benefits for his company. White Stallion is headed by veteran Midwest coal industry executive Steve Chancellor. In addition to selling coal to IP&L, Solar's other customers include Duke Energy Corp. and several industrials in Indiana. Unlike a number of other steam coal producers in the high-sulfur Illinois Basin, Solar is not shipping any coal into www.Derrick.com Derrick ® Stack Sizer ® – high capacity fine screening for wet coal sizing. Reduce Ash Content, Moisture, Dewatering Costs and Eliminate Your Tailings Pond For the past few decades, Derrick ® has successfully commercialized several advance screening technologies in the coal industry. Current state of the art fine screening technology is achieving high efficiency classification as fine as 38 microns. As a result, the company has helped numerous processors in the US and elsewhere with producing cleaner coal, improving clean coal recovery, lowering coal moisture, decreasing dewatering costs as well as the elimination tailings ponds. Whether your need is desliming, scalping, sizing, dewatering, or the recovery of coal/coke fines from settling ponds, Derrick has a proven solution. D E R R I C K ® U R E T H A N E S C R E E N S ®

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