Jewett Mine Hits Milestone of 200,000,000 Tons Coal
Texas Westmoreland Coal Company acknowledged 200,000,000 tons mined milestone with a huge celebration on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Over 500 people were in attendance for the event.
Texas Westmoreland Coal Company acknowledged 200,000,000 tons mined milestone on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, with a huge celebration. Over 500 people attended the event, including employees, their families, TWCC and NRG Texas Power, LLC (NRG) Corporate representatives, state and local government officials, contractors and vendors.
A hamburger and hotdog lunch was served and there was mine equipment display Mine Tours, 42 tournament, Bean Bag Toss tournament, Door Prizes, Bingo, Face Painting, Karoke, and activities for the children.
Westmoreland Coal Company, through its subsidiary Texas Westmoreland Coal Company, operates the Jewett Mine, a surface lignite mine in Leon, Freestone and Limestone Counties and is located approximately halfway between Dallas and Houston. Access to the mine is provided by Highway 39. The mine employs 450 people (employees and contractors) and has been in production since 1985. The Jewett Mine is the second largest in Texas and currently produces 4-7 million tons of coal each year, representing 15% of total annual coal production in Texas. The mine supplies coal to the adjacent Limestone Electric Generating Station under a long-term contract.
Texas is the sixth largest coal producing state in the nation, mining approximately 45 million tons of lignite annually. The state is ranked 8th in the nation in the size of its reserve base. Texas lignite provides 25 percent of the electricity generated in Texas each year. While overall, coal units account for 37 percent of state generation. Mining provides a $28 billion annual contribution to the Texas economy, sustaining 14,000 direct jobs and 225,000 indirect jobs. Mining is one of Texas? best-paid industrial professions. (Texas Mining and reclamation association and Balanced Energy.)
Founded in 1854, Westmoreland Coal Company is the oldest, independent coal company in the country and is one of the nation?s top ten coal producers. Westmoreland?s emphasis on mine mouth operations positions the company as the lowest cost fuel supplier to some of the cleanest, electrical generating plants in America. The consistently improving upon the national average for lost time incidents.
Today, Westmoreland employs over 1,400 people in seven states and is producing almost 28 million tons of coal each year. The company?s coal operations include lignite mining in Texas, Montana and North Dakota and sub bituminous coal mining in Montana. Nearly all of Westmoreland?s coal is old under long-term contracts with 13 electrical generating units as well as industrial and institutional facilities. Through its subsidiary, Westmoreland Energy LLC, the company also generates 1.6 million megawatt hours of electric power itself each year. The company has developed eight independent power projects, retaining ownership interests in three at this time. The company?s two North Carolina plants are coal-fired. The company?s Colorado plant is gas-fired.
Recent awards and recognitions awarded to Texas Westmoreland Coal Company have been:
Texas Railroad Commission-Bob White Quail Project (Reclamation Award), 2009; Texas Railroad Commission-Wilkerson Springs Creek Relocation (Reclamation Award), 2011; Texas Railroad Commission-Jewett Mine Stream Restoration Initiative (Reclamation Award), 2012; Texas Parks & Wildlife Department-Lone Star Land Steward Award, 2013; Texas Commission on Environmental Quality-Texas Environmental Excellence Award, 2013; Texas Railroad Commission-Advanced Reforestation Practices (Reclamation Award), 2013.
Westmoreland Coal Company maintains its headquarters in Englewood, Colorado. For more information, please visit westmoreland.com.