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JUN 2019

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6 June 2019 u.s. news JRL Energy Inc. ( JRL) is expanding its underground mining operations in Harlan County, Kentucky. JRL start- ed mining at the Magnum No. 1 mine in June. "As our company continues to evolve, we will increase our reliance in our underground mining oper- ations to meet the demand for our coal," JRL CEO Tim Lusby. "We be- lieve that our underground mining offers a consistent and cost-effective method of extracting coal." This location is expected to reach full production by August and will employ approximately 35 high- ly skilled underground miners and support staff. These positions are all newly created jobs in Harlan County. "This is another example of our long-term commitment to the com- munity and coal industry," Lusby said. JRL was formed in October 2016 to mine metallurgical- and ther- mal-grade coal in southeast Kentucky. The company conducts both surface and underground mining on lease- hold interests covering more than 20,000 acres and representing more than 54 million recoverable tons of coal. It holds 12 coal mining permits issued by the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources, including per- mits to process and wash coal, dis- pose of waste, and load unit trains. Murray American Energy, UMWA Reach Wage Agreement Murray American Energy Inc. (Murray American) has confirmed that the Bi- tuminous Coal Operators' Association Inc. (BCOA) has reached an agree- ment with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) on the wage re- opener in the 2016 Labor Agreement. The parties negotiated and agreed to a wage increase at the five Murray American Mines, where the hour- ly employees are represented by the UMWA, with a $0.50/hour increase beginning August 15, and an addi- tional $0.50/hour increase effective January 1, 2021. Additionally, the parties agreed, effective January 1, 2021, to restore the birthday holi- day that UMWA members gave up when the current agreement was ratified in 2016. "We are pleased that the parties were able to reach this reopener agree- ment that recognizes the hard work our members have done over the last two and half years since the current con- tract was ratified," UMWA Internation- al President Cecil E. Roberts said. "They have not had a raise for more than three years and they deserve one. Under this agreement, they will have two." The National Bituminous Coal Wage Agreement of 2016 runs through December 31, 2021, and covers all Murray Energy subsidiaries in north- ern Appalachia where the workers are represented by the UMWA. DOE Invests $39M to Improve Coal-fired Fleet The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has se- lected 17 projects to receive approxi- mately $39 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and develop- ment under the funding opportunity announcement, Improving Efficiency, Reliability, and Flexibility of Existing Coal-Based Power Plants. DOE select- ed these projects as part of its Trans- formative Power Generation Program and Crosscutting Research Program. The projects will develop, in the near term, advanced technologies that improve the overall perfor- mance, reliability, and flexibility of the nation's existing coal-fired power fleet. This research will support DOE's goal to improve the average modeled efficiency (i.e., heat rate) of a typical plant in the existing fleet by 5% from the 2017 baseline of 31% by the end of fiscal year 2020. "Coal-fired power plants repre- sent the second-largest energy source for electricity generation in the Unit- ed States," said Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg. "The Trump administration remains JRL Energy Will Expand Underground Mining Operations JRL's Magnum No. 1 mine will reach full production in August. (Photo: JRL Energy)

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