Regency Mines Plc announces, further to the announcement of 6th February 2017, progress at Carbon Minerals Corporation’s Rosa metallurgical coal mine (“CMC” and “Rosa”) located in Alabama, United States of America, in the Warrior Coal Basin, including the signing of coal offtake agreements. Regency owns 20% of CMC.
We spoke about the positioning of the company around the Trump administration and recent changes in the legislation and how it is a positive for the business. We discuss the nearby production using the HighWaller which is now on site and the near term expectations around the optimising of the machinery. We look into the offtake of the fines and how this will reduce environmental impact and increase productivity. We look at forward-looking news based around the Vali Carbon Corporation with potential sales in excess of that at Rosa.
· A sales contract for the metallurgical coal and a sales contract for fines have now been signed by CMC, with other contracts available;
· Progress remains on schedule at Rosa for coal sales in Q1 2017 as reported in previous announcements;
· Contract washing of coal in the preparation plant is under way and will from this week be in continuous operation at an increased rate following installation of new pumps;
· The highwall miner is now on site and will shortly start producing coal to stockpile and for testing, until later in March when sales to third parties on a pick-up basis are scheduled to start with a targeted initial production at over 1,000 tpd;
· The new joint venture company Vali Carbon Corporation for development of other coal opportunities in the Appalachians is completing corporate documentation and has identified a suitable area permitted for strip mining where production with potential sales volumes in excess of those at Rosa is planned once plant has been sourced and hired.
Andrew Bell, Chairman of Regency Mines, comments:
“The positive attitude of the new U.S. Administration towards coal development has already begun to manifest itself in measures announced and under way. Industry-wide, coal demand continues strong, and the Rosa coal’s historic premium in the market makes this an easy product to sell at the moment. Permit adjustments and the contracting of a suitable highwall miner will enable CMC to extract coal that would not have been accessible with an auger drill and so increase mineable volumes in the first permitted phase, while the next 3000 foot section has now also been permitted. Further expansion possibilities for both reserves and production are being identified.
These factors are combining with good progress on the ground to create a most encouraging picture. We will update the market on production during March, and expect to report fully on the Vali Carbon Corporation investment in the near future.”
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