The five-year permit will enable the company to commence operations at the mine, which covers 1,393 acres of land.
The permitted area is expected to produce 1.2 million tons of total recoverable coal, with production scheduled for September 2012.
The existing Old Union mine produced approximately 110,000t during the January-June 2012 period and the combined Old Union properties are projected to generate 360,000t to 400,000t of coal per annum.
BCC has acquired surface mining rights to two tracts of land, also part of the Old Union and Old Union II mine complex, totalling 133 acres.
A second lease, referred to by the company as the H.H. and Alice Kilgore property, will be added to the Old Union II mine permit, covering approximately 93 acres.
The indefinite term lease includes industry standard royalty provisions with no advance minimum royalties and allows the company to mine throughout its life.
BCC vice president Tom Lewis said that the Old Union II permit will expand the company’s mining operations and increase production of high quality thermal coal.
"In addition, the acquisition of the Kilgore property will save us time and money as we avoid having to undertake a major bridge project," said Lewis
Image: Birmingham Coal & Coke has secured a permit to commence mining at Old Union II mine. Photo: CanAM Coal