SHOWCASE COAL MINE OF THE WEEK – NORTH ANTELOPE ROCHELLE!!
The largest coal mine in the world by reserves is the North Antelope Rochelle coal mine in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming, US. The mine was estimated to contain more than 1.7 billion tonnes of recoverable coal as of December 2018. Owned and operated by Peabody Energy, North Antelope is a surface mining operation with the sedimentary coal deposit mined at three pits. It consists of two mines, namely North Antelope, which was opened in 1983, and Rochelle, which commenced production in 1985. The two mines were combined into a single operation in 1999. North Antelope Rochelle produced 98.4 million tonnes (Mt) of thermal coal in 2018, compared to 101.5Mt in 2017. The mine is believed to produce the cleanest coal in the US, with the coal quality averaging at 8,800 British thermal units per pound (Btu/lb) and sulphur content as low as 0.2% - "MiningTechnology.com"
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