North American Gem Kentucky Mine Gets Green Light

2 August 2010 (Last Updated August 2nd, 2010 18:30)

North American Gem will start mine production at North American Gem 2 Mine in Knox County, Kentucky, US, following approval from the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources. North American Gem 2 Mine contains Blue Gem and Jellico coal seams and will be the company's first opportunity to

North American Gem will start mine production at North American Gem 2 Mine in Knox County, Kentucky, US, following approval from the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources.

North American Gem 2 Mine contains Blue Gem and Jellico coal seams and will be the company's first opportunity to produce Blue Gem coal.

The mine will be a surface mining and augering operation and will initially produce at a combined rate of approximately 8,000-10,000t of Blue Gem and Jellico coal a month.

Blue Gem coal is an increasingly valuable seam of coal used in the production of silicon metals and costs 200% more than high-quality steam coal.