GILLETTE, Wyo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD), one of the largest U.S. coal producers and the only pure-play Powder River Basin (“PRB”) coal company, today announced that it has reached an agreement with a landowner near the company’s Cordero Rojo Mine in Wyoming, which provides Cordero Rojo with access to approximately 95 million tons of additional coal and enhances flexibility for the future development of the mine.
The additional coal consists of tons directly under the acquired land and other adjacent tonnage that is anticipated to become available for future mining as a result of acquiring the surface access. The agreement primarily involves a land exchange and production payments from any future sales of the underlying coal, including certain recoupable advance production payments.
As of December 31, 2014, Cloud Peak Energy controlled approximately 1.1 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves. These additional tons were not included in Cloud Peak Energy’s reported year-end 2014 proven and probable reserves. The company will evaluate inclusion of these additional tons as part of its year-end 2015 reserves reporting. As previously disclosed, Cloud Peak Energy made its final lease by application (“LBA”) payment for its federally leased coal in June 2015 and has no further committed LBA payments.
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 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 2014, Cloud Peak Energy shipped approximately 86 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 1,600 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 four percent of the nation’s electricity.
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