Record Breaking Coal Exports from Alaska
SEWARD, Alaska – Aurora Energy Services, a subsidiary of Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. expects to exceed 1 million metric tons of coal exports in 2011. Approximately four trains per week travel the Alaska Railroad between Healy and Seward carrying about 7,000 tons each of coal.
“For the first time in 26 years, the Seward Coal Terminal will load over one million metric tons of coal.” said Rob Brown, VP South-central Operations. “This is an exciting export milestone for our company, and it certainly shows how hard our employees work,” he added.
Usibelli Coal Mine began mining coal in Healy in 1943. The company started out producing 10,000 tons of coal to supply to the Army. Currently, Usibelli meets all of the in-state demand for coal by supplying fuel to Alaska’s six coal-fired power plants, as well as exports coal to Chile, Japan, and South Korea. Usibelli began exporting coal through Seward in 1985. The terminal is owned by the Alaska Railroad Corporation, but operated by Aurora Energy Services.
The terminal employs 18 fulltime, year-round employees. Each ship that docks at the facility in Seward can hold between 50,000 metric tons and 75,000 metric tons of coal. In 2011 18 ships will be loaded with Healy coal destined for the export market.
“At the end of this calendar year, Usibelli will likely export 1.1 million metric tons of coal, and we hope to exceed that amount in 2012,” Brown stated.
For more information on Usibelli Coal Mine, visit www.usibelli.com.