Operations

Foresight Energy is a leading coal producer in the Illinois Basin Region of the U.S. with over 2 billion tons of coal reserves currently supporting four mining complexes. We have invested heavily in logistics to give each of these mining complexes multiple modes of transportation to the end user of our coal; including rail, barge and truck. Our low cost operations and transportation options enable us to serve a wide variety of customers in both the domestic and international markets.

Mines
Foresight Energy’s over 2 billion tons of coal reserves located in central and southern Illinois are primarily contained in three large contiguous blocks. The thick coal seams and consistent geology are well suited to support highly productive and low-cost longwall mining. As a result our mines consistently rank among the most productive underground mines in the U.S. as measured by clean tons per man hour worked.

We have four longwalls in place and have the ability to add up to three additional longwall systems without increasing our reserve base. The heat content of the mines in our reserve base ranges from 10,800 Btu/lb to nearly 11,900 Btu/lb. Below you will find additional information on each of our mines.

The Hillsboro Energy Deer Run Mine is located in Montgomery Country in central Illinois. The Hillsboro complex has the capacity to produce up to 9 million tons per year.

Deer Run Mine
Operated by Patton Mining LLC
MSHA ID: 1103182

  • 2,000 tons per hour preparation plant
  • Productive Capacity with one longwall system: 9 million tons per year
  • 319.0 million tons (as of January 1, 2021)
  • Heat Content: 10,940 Btu/lb
  • Transportation: Rail (Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific), barge on the Ohio River and Mississippi River (via truck or railroad)
  • Status: Operating

Macoupin Energy, located in Macoupin County in central Illinois, is a continuous miner operation. The Macoupin Energy Shay #1 Mine began coal production in 2009.

Shay #1 Mine
Operated by MaRyan Mining LLC
MSHA ID: 1100726

  • Two continuous miner units
  • One Flexible Conveyor Train system
  • 750 tons per hour preparation plant
  • Productive Capacity: 2.5 million tons per year
  • Coal Reserves: 72.6 million tons
  • Heat Content: 11,000 Btu/lb
  • Transportation: Rail (Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific), barge on the Ohio River and Mississippi River (via truck or railroad)
  • Status: Idle

Sugar Camp Energy’s mining complex, located in Franklin County, in southern Illinois, contains 1.3 billion tons of clean, recoverable coal reserves and is designed to support up to 4 separate longwall mines. We operate two longwall mines that share common surface infrastructure but maintain separate access points for mine personnel and equipment.

Surface Infrastructure and Overall Characteristics

  • Productive Capacity with two longwall systems: 15 million tons per year
  • Transportation: Rail (Canadian National, Norfolk Southern, CSX, BNSF via EVWR and potential access to Union Pacific), barge on the Ohio River and Mississippi River (via truck or railroad)
  • Coal Reserves: 1.290 billion tons (as of January 1, 2021)
  • Heat Content: 11,820 Btu/lb
  • Status: Operating

MC#1 Mine
Operated by M-Class Mining LLC
MSHA ID: 1103189

  • One longwall system
  • Two continuous miner units
  • 2,000 tons per hour preparation plant

Viking Mine
Operated by Viking Mine LLC

  • One longwall system
  • Two continuous miner units
  • 2,400 tons per hour preparation plant

Note: Viking and MC#1 report their production and safety data as a single mining complex in the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) website.

Williamson Energy’s Pond Creek No 1 Mine is located in Williamson and Franklin Counties, in southern Illinois.

Mach #1 Mine
Operated by Mach Mining LLC
MSHA ID: 1103141

  • One longwall mine
  • Two continuous miner units
  • 2,000 tons per hour preparation plant
  • Productive Capacity: 7.5 million tons per year
  • Coal Reserves: 354.6 million tons (as of January 1, 2021)
  • Heat Content: 11,893 Btu/lb
  • Transportation: Rail (Canadian National with potential access to Union Pacific), barge on the Ohio River and the Mississippi River (via truck or railroad)
  • Status: Operating
Transportation Flexibility

We believe maintaining our position, as a low-cost producer is critical to our long-term success. Equally important is keeping the cost of coal low on a delivered basis for our customers. To ensure low delivered costs and to increase the number of customers we can efficiently reach, we invested a significant level of capital to obtain a variety of transportation alternatives for our coal. Our transportation infrastructure includes rail load-outs, rail spurs, and truck load-outs. We also have secured access to river and export terminals under contractual throughput arrangements. For example, each of our mining complexes have access to multiple railroad lines which promise two benefits. First, we are able to get competitive rates from our transportation carriers, and second, each respective rail line provides an expanded market for our coal.

The following chart summarizes the range of available transportation options for each of our mining complexes.

To further control and minimize transportation costs as well as provide added flexibility, Foresight directly owns or leases three locomotives and more than 1,000 railcars.

Sitran Terminal is a wholly owned transloading facility located at milepost 817.5 on the Ohio River. It is capable of receiving up to 150 car train sets from mines originating on the NS, CSX and BNSF Railroads via the Evansville Western Railroad. The facility has blending capabilities and can store over 1 million tons of coal. The throughput capacity is in excess of 25 million tons per year.

  • Location: Milepost 817.5 on the Ohio River
  • Capacity: 25 million tons per year
  • Loading Rate: 5,000 tons per hour
  • Storage Capacity: 1 million tons
  • Rail: CSX, NS, BNSF via EVWR
  • Blending Capability
  • Status: Operating