In addition to the sales transaction described above, the companies entered into other agreements intended to facilitate the respective mining and related activities at the Decker mine and at Cloud Peak Energy’s adjacent Spring Creek mine and Youngs Creek development project.
The mutual overstrip and ambient air quality cooperation agreements will facilitate each mine’s development of coal along the mines’ mutual boundaries. Overstrip lands allow each company to access their leased coal within designated areas for a variety of customary surface mining and incidental activities. Access for water pipelines and monitoring has also been agreed.
The sale also includes transfer of over 1200 acres of land and grants of rail easements that will improve Cloud Peak Energy’s potential rail access to the Youngs Creek project. Remaining terms of these transactions were not disclosed.
Statements from Cloud Peak Energy CEO & Ambre Energy CEOColin Marshall, Cloud Peak Energy’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to have reached this mutually beneficial arrangement with Ambre Energy. This deal should position both our companies to meet anticipated future growth in Asian thermal coal demand. We look forward to completing the transaction over the coming months and, longer term, to shipping our low sulfur Spring Creek coal to Asian markets through the Millennium Bulk Terminals facility. We wish Ambre Energy every success with the development of the terminal and with their strategy to develop the Decker mine. ” Edek Choros, Ambre Energy’s Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director and founder, said, “Decker Mine produces some of the highest energy coal in the PRB and has the benefit of extensive infrastructure, including two rail loadouts and rail connections to existing and proposed west coast export terminals.” Edek Choros also outlined that: “Taking full ownership of Decker Mine is another significant step for Ambre in developing coal exports through the U.S. Pacific Northwest. As well as building new port infrastructure, Ambre will now also be able to guarantee the supply of high quality U.S. coal to customers in Korea, Japan and the Asia Pacific region from its own mining operations.”