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APR 2019

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April 2019 11 worldwide news continued Contura Energy announced its CEO Kevin Crutchfield will be leaving his role, effective May 6. Crutchfield will join Compass Minerals as president CEO and serve as a member of its board of directors, effective May 7. Contu- ra Energy's board of directors has appointed Andy Eidson, Contura's executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Mark Manno, executive vice president, chief administrative and legal officer and secretary, as interim co-chief executive officers, effective May 7. National Mining Association President (NMA) and CEO Hal Quinn announced that he will re- tire at the end of 2019. Quinn has served as president and chief executive officer for 11 years — the longest-tenured head of the or- ganization — and another 23 years in various leadership roles within NMA and its predeces- sor organizations. Executive search firm Lochlin Partners will lead the search for his successor. Jameson Resources Ltd. has appointed Mi- chael Allen as project manager of the Crown Mountain Development. He has 20 years of open-pit coal mining experience in both opera- tional and consulting capacities. Most recently, he was with Norwest Corp. American Electric Power named Gary O. Spitznogle vice president, environmental ser- vices. He will succeed John M. McManus, senior vice president, environmental services, who is retiring later this year. Spitznogle has served as managing director of coal-combustion residual management for AEP since December 2015. He previously served as vice president, regulatory and finance, for AEP Ohio for three years. Epiroc appointed Jon Torpy as general manager and president for Epiroc USA LLC. Most recently, he was vice president of marketing for the Drill- ing Solutions division. p e o p l e i n t h e n e w s and training, where warranted, to put into place the improvements needed to successfully move forward from this incident," said George Schuller, pres- ident-Australian operations for Pea- body Energy. "For example, we have already begun installing remote control ventilation systems at mine entrances." Longwall production at North Goo- nyella will not recommence until all necessary modifications are undertak- en, according to the company. Peabody anticipates limited continuous miner volumes in 2019 with longwall pro- duction beginning to ramp up in early 2020 with approximately 2 million tons of sales from North Goonyella in 2020. Peabody said it continues to prog- ress the execution of the multi-phased re-ventilation and re-entry of the mine in consultation with the QMI. Makhado Thermal Coal Offtake is Signed MC Mining Ltd. announced the con- clusion of a coal sale and purchase agreement for the export of quality thermal coal to be produced at Phase 1 of the Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project. The agreement is between MC Mining's wholly owned subsidiary Limpopo Coal Co. Ltd. and one of the world's largest producers and marketers of bulk commodities. MC Mining's subsidiary Baobab Mining and Exploration Ltd. is the owner of the Makhado project. Phase 1 construction is expected to be com- pleted in the third quarter of 2019. Phase 1 will generate about 3 million metric tons per year of run-of-mine (ROM) coal from the west pit and will undergo preliminary processing at the mine, yielding an estimated 2 mil- lion metric tons per year of ROM coal, the company said. "We have contracted with one of the world's largest producers and mar- keters of seaborne traded coal for the majority of the life of Phase 1," CEO David Brown said. "The signing of this agreement is a further significant step in the advancement of Makhado." Indian Captive Coal Miners Beat Merchant Miner in Production Growth by ajoy k. das Indian captive coal miners have pipped merchant miners in terms of recording production growth in fis- cal year 2018-2019, prompting India's Ministry of Coal to offer a firmer help- ing hand to the captive miners. Captive coal mines across the country recorded a production of 44 million metric tons (mt) during 2018- 2019, up 31% over the previous year. This in contrast with government-op- erated merchant coal companies re- cording a growth in production of 8% at 640 million mt. Acknowledging that private op- erators were facing "tough challeng- es" in operating captive coal blocks allocated to them because of delays in securing mandatory environmen- tal and forest clearances, Coal Min- istry officials said stronger support to captive coal miners so they could increase production would also ease pressures on state-run merchant mining companies like Coal India Ltd. (CIL) and Singareni Collieries Co. Ltd. (SCCL). The recent government move to permit captive coal miners free pricing and free sale to the extent of 25% of their production would of- fer them an incentive and a separate Andy Eidson Mark Manno Hal Quinn Michael Allen Gary O. Spitznogle Jon Torpy

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