ST. LOUIS, June 5, 2003 -- Peabody Energy announced that its North Antelope Rochelle Mine shipped 7,076,658 tons of coal in May 2003 -- a new monthly record for a North American coal mine.
During the month, North Antelope Rochelle Mine loaded 476 trains containing 60,113 cars. The unit trains for the month's shipments, if stretched end-to-end, would extend approximately 625 miles -- equal to the distance from Detroit to New York City.
The strong coal shipments were the result of a strong team effort between the mine, railroads and customers. The coal supplies will aid electricity generators, which are expected to run coal-fueled generating plants at high capacity levels. Coal fuels more than half of America's electricity, and competing generation forms are increasingly limited by cost or supplies.
Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU - News) is the world's largest private-sector coal company. Its coal products fuel more than 9 percent of all U.S. electricity generation and more than 2 percent of worldwide electricity generation.