- Third-largest eastern U.S. coal producer
- Began mining operations in 1971
- Has a high percentage of sales tied to long-term contracts
- Sold 39.7 million tons of coal in 2014
- Produces a diverse range of steam coals, satisfying a broad range of customer specifications
- Operates ten underground mining complexes in five states - Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and West Virginia and also operates a coal-loading terminal on the Ohio River at Mt. Vernon, Indiana. Also, we own a preferred equity interest and are making additional equity investments in White Oak and are purchasing and funding development of coal reserves and have constructed and are operating surface facilities at White Oak’s new mining complex in southern Illinois
- Mining operations are near major utility generating plants
- Trades tax-advantaged, high-yield common units on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol "ARLP"
- As one of the coal-producing industry's only publicly-traded master limited partnerships, ARLP has increased Alliance unitholders’ cash distributions for 27 consecutive quarters (as of 12/31/14)
Our coal reserve base is significant enough to preserve the Partnership's continuity over the long-term. The coal reserves reported by Alliance are those that we believe can be economically and legally extracted or produced. As of December 31, 2014, ARLP had approximately 1.5 billion tons of proven and probable reserves. Approximately 300.7 million tons of those reserves, located in Hamilton County, Illinois, are leased to White Oak and are not reflected in the table below.
Our reserve estimates are based on geological data that is analyzed by Alliance's staff of geologists and engineers. The data is gathered through extensive and ongoing exploratory drilling and in-mine channel sampling programs.
Additionally, our criteria adhere to standards as defined by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The following table defines Alliance's coal reserves as of December 31, 2014, by mining complex.
Proven & Probable Reserves
|(Tons in Millions)|
|Illinois Basin Operations|
|Hopkins (underground) (KY)||23.1|
|Hopkins (surface) (KY)||7.8|
|River View (KY)||163.0|
|Gibson (North) (IN)||26.5|
|Gibson (South) (IN)||76.1|
|MC Mining (KY)||9.3|
|Mountain View (WV)||23.4|
|Tunnel Ridge (PA/WV)||83.4|
|Penn Ridge (PA)||56.7|
Our coal is transported to our customers by rail, truck and barge. As is customary in the coal industry, the customer pays the cost of transporting coal from the mine to their plant or delivery point. Approximately 45.0 percent of our 2014 sales volume was initially shipped from the mines by rail, 12.2 percent by truck, and 42.8 percent by barge. In 2014, the largest volume transporter of our coal shipments was the CSX railroad, which moved approximately 18.2 percent of our tonnage over its rail system. The very favorable geographic locations of our mines help minimize costs for our customers.