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MAR 2019

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14 March 2019 u.s. news continued c a l e n d a r o f e v e n t s April 23-26, 2019: Electric Power, Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact: Web: May 20-22, 2019: Longwall USA, David L. Lawrence Con- vention Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contact: Web: June 3-7, 2019: The 9 th International Conference on Clean Coal Tech- nologies, Houston, Texas. Contact: Web: June 4-6, 2019: The 39 th APCOM Mining Goes Digital confer- ence, Wroclaw, Poland. Contact: Web: June 23-25, 2019: Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute (RMCMI), Vail, Colorado. Contact: Web: August 27-29, 2019: AIMEX, Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney, Australia. Contact: Web: September 11-13, 2019: Bluefield Coal Show, Brushfork Armory, Bluefield, West Virginia. Contact: Web: www.bluefieldchamber. com/bluefield-coal-show. October 30-November 2, 2019: China Coal & Mining Expo, New China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China. Contact: Web: November 13-15, 2019: XIX International Coal Preparation Congress & Expo 2019, New Delhi, India. Contact: Web: November 24-28, 2019: International Conference on Coal Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland. Contact: Web: U.S. News Continued from Page 12 "Navajo Transitional Energy Co. is strong and sound company that is be- coming a pillar of success of the Nava- jo Nation," NTEC CEO Clark Moseley said. "The Navajo Nation's investment to purchase Navajo mine and a por- tion of the Four Corners Power Plant continues to show it's worth and the study from Energy Ventures Analysis only solidifies our points as to why Four Corners Power Plant was and is a good investment for NTEC." In addition, the EVA study refuted claims that the power plant is a risk because of its age, stated that natural gas prices are volatile, and renewable energy isn't ready to meet current en- ergy demands. In related news, NTEC announced it will no longer pursue the acquisi- tion of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) and Kayenta mine following a decision by the 24th Navajo Nation Council's Naabik'iyati' Committee. This will lead to the closure of NGS and the Kayenta mine at the end of the year. "Due to continued demands by the owners of the Navajo Generating Station that the Navajo Nation provide an unlimited guarantee of any liability for the decommissioning of the plant, NTEC, is forced to cease its acquisition effort," the company said in a state- ment. "NTEC assessed this opportuni- ty at the request, late last year, of the Navajo Nation's 23 rd Council." The nation's representatives vot- ed to end the operations of NGS and Kayenta by a vote of 11 to 9. Indiana Steam Coal Mines See 8% Increase Indiana's steam coal mines enjoyed a healthy increase of 8% in production in 2018, and state industry officials are guardedly optimistic they will have a similar performance in 2019. Accord- ing to Indiana Coal Council President Bruce Stephens, the state's 18 surface and underground coal mines produced 33.5 million tons last year, despite the fact that approximately 4 million tons of Indiana production were lost due to coal plant retirements and/or fuel switches. Stephens said he is especially encouraged by that development. Peabody Energy again was the larg- est company producer last year, a title it has held for several years, and state output was split almost evenly between underground and surface mines, the coal council said. Indiana produced 17 million tons of surface coal and 16.5 million tons of underground coal last year. That was up from 31 million tons in 2017. Of that, 13.6 million tons came from Peabody Midwest Mining, a modest decrease from 14 million tons in 2017. Peabody said it plans to "ease" Illinois Basin (ILB) production in 2019. Most of its ILB mines are in Indiana. Alliance Resource Partners' Gib- son County Coal subsidiary and Hal- lador Energy's Sunrise Coal subsidiary switched places as the second- and third-largest Indiana producers. Gib- son County Coal claimed the runner-up spot last year with 7.9 million tons, up from 5.9 million tons in 2017, while Sunrise's output grew more modestly, to 6.7 million tons last year compared with 6.6 million tons the year before. The next four largest coal producers in 2018 were Solar Sources Mining, 3.3 million tons; White Stallion Energy's Liberty surface mine, 1.6 million tons; United Minerals, 246,566 tons; and Sun Energy Group, 156,361 tons. Peabody's Bear Run surface mine, the largest surface operation east of the Mississippi River, again was the state's No. 1 producer in 2018 with 6.9 million tons. Gibson County Coal's Gibson South underground mine produced nearly 7 million tons. Alli- ance restarted the long-idled Gibson North underground mine last year. Solar, acquired last year by White Stallion, produced 765,557 tons at its Cannelburg surface mine that also restarted last year. Sunrise's Oaktown Nos. 1 and 2 underground mines in Knox County, meanwhile, accounted for more than 90% of the company's production — 6.3 million tons. The newly reopened Carlisle deep mine in Sullivan County, once Sunrise's flagship operation before being idled several years ago, contributed 11,256 tons last year.

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