GILLETTE, Wyo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD), one of the largest U.S. coal producers, announced today that its logistics business has increased its committed capacity and extended the term of its throughput agreement with Westshore Terminals Limited Partnership (TMX:WTE) for exports of low sulfur coal from Roberts Bank, British Columbia. In a related agreement, Cloud Peak Energy paid $37 million to Coal Valley Resources, Inc. (“CVRI”), a recently acquired unit of Westmoreland Coal Company. (Nasdaq GM:WLB), for CVRI to voluntarily terminate its throughput agreement with Westshore Terminals, freeing up available space at the fully utilized Westshore Terminal.
The amendment to Cloud Peak Energy’s throughput agreement is effective as of January 1, 2015 and extends the term through the end of 2024. The amendment also increases annual throughput volumes and associated take-or-pay commitments.
As a result of the amendment, Cloud Peak Energy expects to increase its 2015 Asian exports to 6.0 to 6.5 million tons, compared to the 4.0 to 4.5 million tons currently forecasted for 2014. Cloud Peak Energy plans to provide additional 2015 export guidance in early 2015 as part of its year-end 2014 earnings announcement. Starting in 2019, Cloud Peak Energy expects to increase its Asian exports through the Westshore Terminal to 7.0 to 7.5 million tons.
“Despite current low international benchmark thermal prices we wanted to take this rare opportunity to increase our terminal capacity so we can grow our exports to South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and other Asian countries before new terminals are built,” said Colin Marshall, Cloud Peak Energy’s President and CEO. “We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Westshore, and to further positioning Cloud Peak Energy as a reliable long term supplier of low-sulfur PRB coal to America’s allies in Asia.”
About Cloud Peak Energy®
Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD) is headquartered in Wyoming and is one of the largest U.S. coal producers and the only pure-play Powder River Basin (PRB) coal company. As one of the safest coal producers in the nation, Cloud Peak Energy mines low sulfur, subbituminous coal and provides logistics supply services. The Company owns and operates three surface coal mines in the PRB, the lowest cost major coal producing region in the nation. The Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines are located in Wyoming and the Spring Creek mine is located in Montana. In 2013, Cloud Peak Energy shipped 86.0 million tons from its three mines to customers located throughout the U.S. and around the world. Cloud Peak Energy also owns rights to substantial undeveloped coal and complimentary surface assets in the Northern PRB, further building the Company’s long-term position to serve Asian export and domestic customers. With approximately 1,700 total employees, the Company is widely recognized for its exemplary performance in its safety and environmental programs. Cloud Peak Energy is a sustainable fuel supplier for approximately 4 percent of the nation’s electricity.
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