Bowie Resources to idle Bowie #2 mine in Colorado due to weak market conditions

28 February 2016 (Last Updated February 28th, 2016 18:30)

Bowie Resources, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bowie Resource Partners (BRP), has announced the idling of its Bowie #2 mine located near Paonia in Colorado, US, citing weak market conditions.

Bowie Resources, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bowie Resource Partners (BRP), has announced the idling of its Bowie #2 mine located near Paonia in Colorado, US, citing weak market conditions.

The mine is set to remain idle while the market for Bowie #2 coal is assessed.

At present, the mine employs 108 full time employees as well as one contractor.

BRP chief operating officer Gene DiClaudio said: "Some of the affected employees will be relocated where possible to fill vacancies in other parts of the business, however, layoffs are unfortunately unavoidable."

"Some of the affected employees will be relocated where possible to fill vacancies in other parts of the business, however, layoffs are unfortunately unavoidable."

The idling is expected to eliminate 68 full time jobs from the mine.

In October 2014, BRP eliminated 150 positions out of their 344 full time employees at the Bowie #2 mine due to diminishing demand for coal in the region.

The Bowie #2 mine is a longwall mining complex and began production in 1998. It has longwall and continuous miner reserves in the B Seam where it is producing high-BTU, low-sulfur, compliance thermal coal.

Cedars Energy acquired Bowie in 2009 from Energy Coal Resources.

The mine is located in the Somerset coalfield, which is in the Uinta coal-bearing region of Western Colorado.

Coal producer BRP owns and operates three underground coal mines in Utah and one underground coal mine in Colorado.