Atlantic Coal orders Komatsu’s excavators for Stockton Mine in Pennsylvania

15 March 2015 (Last Updated March 15th, 2015 18:30)

Anthracite coal production and processing company Atlantic Coal has ordered further hydraulic excavators for its Stockton Mine in Pennsylvania, US, following delivery of a Komatsu Model PC3000 to the site.

Anthracite coal production and processing company Atlantic Coal has ordered further hydraulic excavators for its Stockton Mine in Pennsylvania, US, following delivery of a Komatsu Model PC3000 to the site.

The company has now ordered an additional ten items of heavy mining plant from Komatsu's wholly owned subsidiary Midlantic.

Following the purchase of the equipment, Atlantic Coal will be able to continue to increase production at its Stockton Mine, a producing opencast anthracite operation.

"We anticipate that the acquisition of the new equipment will assist with our operational efficiency and enable us to meet our production goals for the immediate future."

According to the company, the purchase of the new Komatsu equipment is to be funded through an asset-backed lease purchase agreement, which values $20m over a period of six years.

Four Komatsu Model HD785-7 100t haul trucks will be added to the six trucks that were purchased in 2014 and will be used for hauling overburden.

Two Komatsu Model HM400-3 articulated haul trucks will be used for hauling run of mine coal.

Excavating run of mine coal would take place using one Komatsu Model PC490LC-10 hydraulic excavator and two Komatsu Model D275AX-SEO dozers will be used for general dozing for excavation and reclamation.

At the mine, one Komatsu Model WA500-7 wheel loader will be put in place for loading run of mine to wash plant and anthracite product.

Midlantic North America territory manager Tim Reilly said: "We are delighted that Komatsu are now in an effective partnership with Atlantic at Stockton and also look forward to putting together equipment and finance packages for new Atlantic mines and developments."

Atlantic Coal managing director Steve Best said: "We anticipate that the acquisition of the new equipment will assist with our operational efficiency and enable us to meet our production goals for the immediate future.

"The new plant will be utilised across the full range of our mine operations at Stockton and comes at an opportune time as we move into an area of high-quality reserve of virgin coal."