Affinity Coal Mine

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Affinity Coal Mine is an operating coal mine in Midway, West Virginia, United States.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Affinity Coal Mine Midway, West Virginia, United States 37.703959, -81.230477 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the coal mine:

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Project Details

Table 2: Project status

Status Status Detail Opening Year Closing Year
Operating 2010

Table 3: Operation details

Note: The asterisk (*) signifies that the value is a GEM estimated figure.
Capacity (Mtpa) Production (Mtpa) Year of Production Mine Type Mining Method Mine Size (km2) Mine Depth (m) Workforce Size
0.6323077359[1] 2023[1] Underground Longwall 373* 237[1]

Table 4: Coal resources and destination

Total Reserves (Mt) Year of Total Reserves Recorded Total Resources (Mt) Coalfield Coal Type Coal Grade Primary Consumer/ Destination
34 Appalachia Bituminous Met

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Affinity Coal Company Metinvest Ukraine

Note: The above section was automatically generated and is based on data from the GEM April 2024 Global Coal Mine Tracker dataset.


Affinity Mine is a coal mining operation near Sophia in Raleigh County, West Virginia. The mine was closed in 1985 but bought in 2010 by United Coal Company, which cited rising demand for metallurgical coal. United Coal planned to spend $115 million to rehabilitate the former Eastern Associated Coal company mine. The mine is operated by Affinity Coal Co., and is opened in 2010. Company officials believe the mine has enough reserves to produce coal for about 25 years. United Coal is a division of Ukraine-based Metinvest.[2] [3] The mine started operations in 2010 when United Coal Company(UCC) launched a subsidiary, Affinity Coal Company, in Raleigh county W. Virginia. UCC re-opened the mine which was idled in the 1980s, and built a new preparation plant on site with the purpose of producing metallurgical coal.[3] The UCC's parent company, Ukraine based METINVEST, also owns a group of steel companies.[4]

In 2019, the mine produced 0.9 million tonnes[5] although the production dropped to 0.7 million in 2020. [6]

224 workers are employed in the facility as of 2020.[6]

  • MSHA ID: 4608878
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Operator: Affinity Coal Co.
  • Controller: United Coal Company
  • Parent Company: METINVEST
  • Total Reserves: 34 million tonnes [7]
  • County: Raleigh
  • State: WV
  • Latitude: 37.703959
  • Longitude:-81.230477
  • Production (short tons): 0.77 million tonnes [6]
  • Coal Type: Bituminous [6]
  • Mining Method:
  • Mine Status: Operating
  • Average No. of Employees: 220 [6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Archived from the original on 13 February 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. "BACK IN BUSINESS" The Register Herald, Oct. 22, 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named MET
  4. "UCC today". METINVEST.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Affinity Mine". U.S. Energy Information Administration. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 U.S. department of labor, MSHA, Mine Data Retrieval System, accessed June 6 2021
  7. (2019) Metallurgical Market Overview . United Coal Company, 8. Report.

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