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APR 2018

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April 2018 11 news continued John Siegel resigned as chairman of Bowie Resource Partners LLC, a company he founded in 2013, to- gether with Galena Private Equity Resource Fund, to merge Siegel's Bowie No. 2 mine in Colorado with the Canyon Fuel assets in Utah he acquired from Arch Coal. "It's a very bittersweet moment for me because I truly love the Bowie Team I assembled and all who know me understand that I remain resolute in my commitment to see a complete consolidation of the Western Bituminous Region," Siegel said. Siegel said he remains absolutely convinced that the proper alignment of all coal assets in Utah can result in significant success and growth both domestically and abroad. Liebherr appointed Shane Kuhlmey as director of its Mining Equipment Division, based in Newport News, Virginia. He will be responsible for all aspects of the mining division for Liebherr USA Co. In his role, he will oversee the sales and service groups located in Gillette, Wyoming; Elko, Nevada; and Kearny, Arizona, and will be responsible for the development of sales and pricing strategies for mining products sold in the United States, which include haul trucks, exca- vators and crawler tractors for open cast mining operations. Patrick Cagle has been named the new president of the Alabama Coal As- sociation, succeeding George Barber, who has elected to retire after seven years of service to the coal group, which was first formed in 1972. Cagle, who has worked with the association on legislative matters in the past, has more than 10 years of experience in navigating Alabama's political landscape. As executive director of JobKeeper Alliance, a 501c(4) nonprofit whose mission is to protect and create quality jobs, he previously worked hand-in-hand with the coal industry to oppose onerous, job-killing regulations. Xcel Energy named Brett Carter to the new role of exec- utive vice president – chief customer and innovation of- ficer effective in May. Carter will assume many of the re- sponsibilities currently held by Marvin McDaniel, who will retire from the company effective June 1. Most recently, he held senior leadership roles with Bank of America where he oversaw key business areas of operations, technology and shared services. He previously held leadership roles in operations, marketing, and technology at several major utilities, including Duke Energy, UtiliCorp/Aquila, and Dominion. Xcel Energy also announced that Alice Jackson has been named president of Xcel Energy - Colorado, effec- tive May 7. Jackson brings a wealth of experience in managing government and stakeholder relations, as well as developing innovative products and services for customers. She assumes the role previously held by David Eves, who was recently promoted to lead the four Xcel Energy operating companies. John Siegel m p e o p l e i n t h e n e w s Shane Kuhlmey Brett Carter the company's CEO and joint founder in the late 1990s. He built the family-owned coal mining company with the help of three partners — F.D. Robertson, James Bunn and James Bunn Jr. Along the way, St. Louis-based Arch Coal Inc. entered into a partnership with Knight Hawk, eventually securing a 49% stake in the company. Knight Hawk produced coal exclusively by surface mining in the beginning, but it has evolved into a mid-tier producer with both surface and underground mines clustered, for the most part, around its home base of Percy in Randolph County. In recent years, the Prairie Eagle underground mine in neigh- boring Perry County has become Knight Hawk's biggest producer. In 2017, Prairie Eagle turned out 3.6 million tons of coal, accord- ing to the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. This year's total should be similar if not higher. Knight Hawk is profiting from new coal sales contracts with several utilities, including Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities, the two largest electric utilities in Kentucky, as well as the Tennessee Valley Authority, a federal utility. Knight Hawk's newest mine, the Golden Eagle surface operation in Perry County, is located in part of Pyramid State Park near Pinckneyville under an arrangement with the state. Once mining concludes there in several years, Knight Hawk plans to donate more than $1 million worth of land it owns to the state. Carter said his company has no new mines planned for 2018. Instead, it will spend the remainder of the year constructing a 5-mile-long conveyor belt to transport coal from a new portal at Prairie Eagle to the mine's prep plant. A fifth continuous miner section recently was added at Prairie Eagle. Much of the coal from Prairie Eagle and Knight Hawk's smaller surface mines in the area is trucked to the company's Lone Eagle dock near Chester on the Mississippi River. In fact, about 80% of Knight Hawk's coal is shipped from the dock to markets throughout the U.S. Midwest and Southeast, as well as overseas. Corsa Now Pure-play Met Coal Producer, Reopens Hornung Mine With the sale of its Central Appalachian steam and industrial coal division this spring, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania-based Cor- sa Coal Corp. is now a pure play metallurgical coal producer, with a focus on Europe, Asia and South America, as well as the United States. One of Corsa's first moves as a strictly met coal miner was to restart the idled Hornung met coal mine near Somerset in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Hornung is expected to pro- duce approximately 125,000 to 180,000 tons annually of low-vol met coal. Corsa opened the new Acosta underground met coal mine in Somerset County in June 2017 and the mine is operating well, George Dethlefsen, the company's CEO, said. The mine produced 71,273 tons in 2017, according to the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. In addition, Corsa expects to begin production at the Keyser low-vol underground met coal mine also in Somerset County in 2019. "The production from these three mines, in combination with production from our existing mines, is anticipated to double Corsa's low-volatile metallurgical coal production in 2019 as com- pared to 2017 levels," Dethlefsen said. The company produced

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