2 W.Va. Coals Mines Expected to Reopen

Coal mines in West Virginia and Virginia will reopen following a $90 million investment. Both are served by rail.

West VirginiaThe mines are owned by Ramaco LLC and produce metallurgical coal used in making steel.

The Elk Creek Mine in southern West Virginia is served by the Logan Subdivision of CSX while the the Berwind Mine on the West Virginia-Virginia border is served by a Norfolk Southern branch line from its Pocahontas Division.

“It’s a fairly big deal, frankly, for southern West Virginia,” Ramaco CEO Randall Atkins said.
Workers will begin test mining at both sites in early 2017 although the company said preparations for reopening the Elk Creek mine is expected to get underway sooner.

“We will start construction at the Elk Creek property just as soon as we get all the equipment lined up there,” Atkins said.

Coal may not begin being shipped by rail until 2018. Ramaco officials said they still need to discuss contracts with potential buyers.

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