Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: ARLP) today announced that Alliance Coal, LLC, its wholly-owned subsidiary, has completed the previously announced acquisition of substantially all of the coal related assets of Green River Collieries, LLC ("Green River") located in Webster and Hopkins Counties, Kentucky. (See ARLP Press Release dated February 24, 2012.)
"The acquisition of Green River provides an attractive addition to ARLP’s existing operations in the growing market for Illinois Basin coal," said Joseph W. Craft III, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Ongoing expansion of scrubber capacity by U.S. utilities supports our view that demand for Illinois Basin and Northern Appalachian coal will continue to increase. We remain committed to ARLP’s mission of creating exceptional value for our unitholders through sustainable cash flow growth and increases in unitholder distributions."
The transaction includes an estimated 40.0 million tons of coal reserves in the West Kentucky No. 9 coal seam and the Onton No. 9 mine located near the city of Sebree, Kentucky. The underground mining complex currently operates three continuous mining units employing room-and-pillar mining techniques. An air shaft is currently under construction which would allow the addition of a fourth continuous mining unit should market conditions warrant increased production from the mine.
Over the balance of 2012, ARLP currently anticipates the Onton No. 9 mine will produce approximately 1.5 million tons of coal, essentially all of which is committed and priced under contracts with existing ARLP customers.About Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. ARLP is a diversified producer and marketer of coal to major United States utilities and industrial users. ARLP, the nation's first publicly traded master limited partnership involved in the production and marketing of coal, is currently the third largest coal producer in the eastern United States with mining operations in the Illinois Basin, Northern Appalachian and Central Appalachian coal producing regions. ARLP operates eleven mining complexes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and West Virginia, including a new mining complex in West Virginia. ARLP is also constructing a new mine in southern Indiana and is purchasing and funding development of reserves, constructing surface facilities and making equity investments in a new mining complex in southern Illinois. In addition, ARLP operates a coal loading terminal on the Ohio River at Mount Vernon, Indiana.