North Dakota Energy Spotlight – Lignite Coal
• Experts estimate that North Dakota is home to an 800-year supply of economically recoverable lignite – the second largest proven reserve of lignite coal in the world at the current rate of consumption.
• Approximately 30 million tons of lignite coal are mined commercially each year from four surface mines located in the west central part of the state. The mined lignite is used by seven of the eight in-state power plants and at several other commercial locations throughout the state.
• In 2011, North Dakota’s four lignite mines produced 28.2 million tons of lignite coal – down about 600,000 tons from the previous year. About 79 percent of that lignite was used to generate electricity, 13.5 percent for making synthetic natural gas, and 7.5 percent to produce fertilizer products.
• In 2011, lignite activities brought in an estimated $91.3 million in state tax revenues and accounted for $2.9 billion in total business activity.
2011 ND Lignite Mine Production:
• The Freedom Mine, owned by North American Coal Corporation and the largest lignite mine in the U.S., sold 13.6 million tons of lignite.
• The Falkirk Mine, also owned by North American Coal Corporation, sold 7.4 million tons.
• The Center Mine, owned by BNI Coal, a subsidiary of ALLETE, sold 4.3 million tons.
• The Beulah Mine, owned and operated by Dakota Westmoreland Corporation, sold 2.9 million tons.
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