Arch Commences Production at World-Class Leer South Longwall Mine
"This is a momentous development for
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Arch commenced work on the new mine just two-and-a-half years ago and invested approximately
As anticipated, the Leer South longwall started up at the end of August following a planned 30-day outage that accommodated the upgrading of the material handling system, and is currently in the process of system testing and integration, with the expectation that ramping will continue throughout the month of September. Arch expects Leer South to make a significant contribution to production volumes in the fourth quarter of 2021, and to ramp to full production mode by the start of 2022.
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