North American Coal Corporation

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The North American Coal Corporation is a coal mining and marketing company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The company, which is a subsidiary of the New York Stock Exchange listed NACCO Industries, Inc., states on its website that it is the "nation’s largest lignite coal producer and among the top 10 coal producers in the U.S.". It states that it produces approximately 35 million tonnes of coal a year from mines in North Dakota, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.[1]

On its website, the company states that it "mines and markets lignite coal primarily as fuel for power generation by electric utilities" and provides dragline mining services for "limerock quarries in Florida through its North American Mining division."[1] (Lignite coal, or "brown coal," has a lower energy content than bituminous coal, and burning lignite produces higher carbon emissions.)

Coal mines

Current coal mines

On its website the company lists its four currently operating coal mines as the[2]:

  • Falkirk Mine in Underwood, North Dakota. The company states that the mine began production in 1978 and "delivers approximately 7 million tons of coal per year" which is supplied to Great River Energy. The company mines approximately 400 acres of land a year.[3]
  • Freedom Mine in Beulah, North Dakota. The company states that the mine was established in 1983 and supplies delivers more than 16 million tons of coal per year to the Dakota Coal Company, a subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Cooperative. The company states that the Freedom Mine is "the largest lignite mine in the United States in deliveries" and mines approximately 600 acres of land a year.[4]
  • Red Hills Mine in Ackerman, Mississippi. The company states that the mine began production in the fourth quarter 2000 and delivers approximately 3.5 million tons of coal per year to SUEZ Energy Resources. The Red Hills Mine disturbs approximately 120 acres of land a year.[5]
  • Sabine Mine in Hallsville, Texas began production in 1984 and delivers approximately 4.0 million tons of coal per year to American Electric Power. The Sabine mine mines approximately 400 acres of land a year.[6]

Coal mines currently under construction or development

Coal mines which North American Coal Corporation is currently constructing or are under development are the:[2]

Former NACC mines

Coal mines formerly operated by North American Coal Corporation include the:

American Lignite Energy Coal-to-Liquids Project

Together with Headwaters Inc. and Great River Energy, North American Coal Corporation is currently moving ahead with plans to build the 30,000 barrels/day American Lignite Energy coal-to-liquids plant, which would produce diesel and jet fuel from lignite coal. Project sponsors are waiting to see whether or not government subsidies will become available in order to make final financing decisions about the plant.[7] This project would be North American Coal’s first foray into coal-to-liquids, and would be among the first coal-to-liquids projects in the U.S. The estimated total cost of the project is $2 billion.

Office bearers

As of July 2011 the company officers are:[8]

Contact Details

14785 Preston Road, Suite 1100
Dallas, Texas 75254-7891 USA
Phone: 972.239.2625
Fax: 972.387.1328
Website: http://www.nacoal.com/

Articles and resources

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 North American Coal Corporation, "Overview", North American Coal Corporation website, accessed July 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 North American Coal Corporation, "Operations", North American Coal Corporation website, accessed July 2011
  3. North American Coal Corporation, "Falkirk Mine", North American Coal Corporation website, accessed July 2011.
  4. North American Coal Corporation, "Freedom Mine", North American Coal Corporation website, accessed July 2011.
  5. North American Coal Corporation, "Red Hills Mine", North American Coal Corporation website, accessed July 2011.
  6. North American Coal Corporation, "Sabine Mine", North American Coal Corporation website, accessed July 2011.
  7. "Coal-to-Fuel Plants Considered, But Few Want to Be First In Line", Bismarck Tribune, October 14, 2007.
  8. North American Coal Corporation, "Officers", North American Coal Corporation website, accessed July 2011.

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