Fluor provided the Client with a complete life cycle solution from initial feasibility study, through engineering, procurement, and construction management of the for the entire coal mine, handling, preparation, and shipping facilities.
Stripping of overburden was accomplished by 22-cubic yard shovels to provide greater flexibility than draglines. The receiving hopper was designed to handle coal from rear or bottom dump trucks, and a two-stage crushing process was used.
Each of the three conveyor systems is 160 feet long and 15 feet in diameter. The conveyor system carrier primary / secondary crushed coal to the storage silos. A total of 48,000 tons of coal can be stored in the four 200 feet high silos, which are arranged in pairs over two sets of parallel railroad tracks to permit simultaneous loading of two trains. Two 10,000-ton unit trains can be fully loaded in one hour.
Storage for an additional 100,000 tons of coal is provided in a barn that employs reinforced earth construction. The 55 degree sloped face of the barn is supported by precast concrete panels, with galvanized steel straps extended into the earth mass.