Construction Resumes at International Coal Group's Tygart No. 1 Complex

Jun 02, 2010, 16:05 ET from International Coal Group, Inc.

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va., June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- International Coal Group, Inc. (NYSE: ICO) today announced that construction has resumed at its ICG Tygart Valley subsidiary's Tygart No. 1 deep mine complex in Taylor County, near Grafton, West Virginia.

The Tygart No. 1 project received all essential federal and state approvals, but challenges lodged by a local anti-mining organization caused work on the project to be suspended in late 2008.  Those challenges were overruled in March by the West Virginia Surface Mine Board.

"We had planned to resume construction in mid-2011, but the strong market demand for Tygart No.1's metallurgical coal product, and growing evidence of improving thermal coal pricing, led us to accelerate the project," said Ben Hatfield, ICG's CEO and President. "The construction and development timeline anticipates initial coal production in late 2011 and longwall startup in early 2014."

The Company expects to finance the Tygart No. 1 mine construction through operating cash flow.  Development capital requirements are estimated at $325 million, including $18 million spent prior to 2010.  As a result of resuming construction at Tygart No.1, the Company now expects 2010 capital expenditures to increase by $15.0 million to a range of $105.0 million to $115.0 million.

At full output, the Tygart No. 1 mine is expected to produce 3.5 million tons per year of premium high-volatile metallurgical and high-quality thermal coal. The mine complex is projected to create over 300 direct jobs in the Taylor County, West Virginia area.    

ICG is a leading producer of coal in Northern and Central Appalachia and the Illinois Basin.  The Company has 13 active mining complexes, of which 12 are located in Northern and Central Appalachia and one in Central Illinois.  ICG's mining operations and reserves are strategically located to serve utility, metallurgical and industrial customers domestically and internationally.

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