New Elk Coal is an underground mine using the room and pillar system, which is the predominant coal mining method in the United States. Coal deposits are mined by cutting a network of rooms into the coal, leaving pillars to support the roof of the mine.
The coal is washed at our processing facility, then transported by rail to Convent Marine Terminal in New Orleans for export to the global seaborne market. Other port options include Pasadena Deepwater Terminal in Houston, as well as the Port of Los Guaymas in Mexico, Convent Marin Terminal in New Orleans and McDuffie Coal Terminal in Mobile.
The coal is currently being transported in trucks (27t payload) along Highway 12 to the Jansen Yard load-out facility, south of Trinidad, Colorado. During which time, a railway spur extending from the mine to the rail load-out facility is being rebuilt. Once complete, coal will be loaded into unit trains at the mine, and transported directly to the marine terminals. At full operation, is it expected to have one unit train with approximately 120 railcars per week.