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Wyodak Mine is a surface operation in Campbell County, Wyoming owned by Black Hills Corporation.
According to vice president of regulatory and governmental affairs for Black Hills Corporation Kyle White, mining operations at the Wyodak mine will supply the Black Hills and MDU Resources Group's Wygen Unit 3, scheduled to be online in June 2010, from across Interstate 90. White said the remaining coal is about 50 to 75 feet below the surface, where Black Hills started with just 10 feet of overburden (the top soil and rock above the coal seam), and that the company does not expect to run out of coal before the plant’s 50-year lifespan is up.
The mine produces one ton of coal per minute. It was announced in early 2011 that 21 miners were laid off due to a change in hours of operation. Following the cuts there were a total of 92 miners that remained employed at the mine.
Opened in 1923 in the coal rich Powder River Basin, is one of if not the oldest continually operating mines in the country.
- MSHA ID: 4800083
- Owner: Wyodak Resources Development Company
- Parent company: Black Hills Corporation
- County: Campbell
- Location: Wyoming
- GPS coordinates: 44.365496, -105.455146
- Production: 5,049,231 short tons
- Type of coal: sub-bituminous coal
- Mine type: Surface
- Equipment: On site generator
- Mine Status: Active
- Number of employees: 89
- Customer Plants: Black Hills Corporation, Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power, PacifiCorp’s Wyodak Power Plant and Dave Johnston Power Plant
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