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Industry leaders nonetheless expressed optimism about 2014. A cold winter throughout much of the country and relatively high natural gas prices meant utilities burned more coal in 2013, drawing down stockpiles at a greater rate than at any point in more than a decade. Peabody Energy executives noted utilities nationwide burned 11 percent more coal on the year. And with demand increasing and production declining, prices for Powder River Basin coal are up, they said.
Statewide, average annual employment decreased from almost 7,000 in 2012 to nearly 6,700 last year, MSHA reported.
Arch saw production in the Powder River Basin increase in 2013, from 104.4 million tons in 2012 to 111.7 million tons. But the company's average sale price per ton fell, meaning it recorded smaller profits. Arch would need to see the market improve further before increasing production, Lang told investors.
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Wyoming coal producers cautiously optimistic after production
But challenges remain, executives noted. Increasing oil shipments mean rail constraints are expected to persist into 2014. And prices need to continue to rise throughout the year if production is going to increase significantly.
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"Normally, one or two of these factors would occur, but this year, we got enough of them together to reduce our shipments more than we expected," Marshall said.
"Moving forward, while the demand outlook for the PRB is improving, we currently anticipate operating our mines in the region at level on par with 2013, absent any rail service issues," Lang said.
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Alpha Natural Resources' Belle Ayr mine (minus 25 percent), Kiewit Peter Sons' Inc.'s Buckskin Mine (minus 17 percent), Alpha Natural Resources' Eagle Butte mine (minus 11 percent) and Western Fuel's Dry Fork Mine (minus 10 percent) also saw declining production, according to Cortez Nike Nz
MSHA. All but Dry Fork saw employment fall, and in that instance only one job was added.
The news was not bleak everywhere. At Peabody's North Antelope Rochelle Complex, the nation's largest mine, output increased to slightly more than 111 million tons, a 3.4 percent increase over 2012. Arch Coal's Black Thunder Mine also saw production climb by 7.6 million tons to finish the year at about 100 million tons of coal produced.
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Wyoming coal production fell by 3.3 percent in 2013, federal data show, to mark the fourth consecutive year of declining output in the nation's top coal producing state. Employment also Nike Lady Cortez Vintage Women's Shoe continued to fall, with the sector shedding more than 300 jobs on the year.
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At the end of January, Powder River Basin coal was selling for $12.35 per ton, according to the Energy Information Agency. That compared with $10.15 per ton at the end of January 2013. Boyce told investors in January.
The largest drop was at Peabody's Caballo Mine, where output declined by 47 percent, or from 16.8 million tons in 2012 to almost 9 million tons in 2013. Caballo employed an average of 263 people during the first three months of the year, according to MSHA. That number had fallen to 149 by the last three months of 2013.
Cloud Peak's production at its Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines fell by 2.9 million and 2.5 million tons, respectively, on the year. Executives at the Gillette company have committed to decreasing production at Cordero by 10 million tons by 2015, unless market conditions improve. Cloud Peak is planning to move mobile equipment and perhaps a drag line to Antelope in the coming years, Marshall said.
Paul Lang, Arch COO, told investors the company hit a "sweet spot" in terms of production in the basin, with attempts to constrain costs enabling mines like Black Thunder to run more efficiently. But again the challenges persisted.
The decrease in production reflected a wet year, hindering operations at the state's surface mines and constraints in rail service, coal company executives said. Rail lines saw increased shipments of oil in 2013. Combined, those factors dragged down coal production totals, they said.
Statewide, coal production fell from 401 million tons in 2012 to 388 million last year, according to Mine Safety and Health Administration figures. Eight of the 12 active mines in the Powder River Basin, which accounts for 96 percent of Wyoming's total coal output, saw production decline.
The Cloud Peak CEO said his company's 2013 troubles with weather and rail were compounded by damage to the Westshore Terminal, a key export dock outside Vancouver, British Columbia, and a primary customer's plant difficulties.
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