Bridger Underground Coal Mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Bridger Underground Coal Mine is an underground mine owned by MidAmerican Energy, located at Point of Rocks, Wyoming. It began as the surface operation Jim Bridger Mine but expanded underground in 2004, and to longwall in 2007, and is in the process of converting to primarily underground. It provides coal to the Jim Bridger Steam Plant.[1]

The coal reserves are leased and mined by Bridger Coal Company, a joint venture between Pacific Minerals, Inc. (PMI) and Idaho Power Company. PMI, a subsidiary of PacifiCorp, has a two-thirds interest in the joint venture.[2] PacifiCorp was bought by MidAmerican Energy in March 2006,[3] and since 2008 MidAmerican Energy has operated as a subsidiary of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. The Jim Bridger Plant is also owned by Midamerican/Berkshire.[4]

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Mine Data

  • MSHA ID: 4801646
  • Operator: Bridger Coal Company
  • Controller: MidAmerican Energy/Berkshire Hathaway
  • Union: WEW
  • County: Sweetwater
  • State: WY
  • Latitude: 41.82
  • Longitude: -108.83
  • 2007 Production (short tons): 2,821,835
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Mining Method: Underground
  • Mine Status: Active
  • Average No. of Employees: 204

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References

  1. "Presentation at the 2008 Mine Expo: Jim Bridger Mine" Agoracom, 2008
  2. "MidAmerican Energy 2006 Annual report" SEC Info Website, Filed March 1, 2007
  3. "MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company Acquires PacifiCorp" Pacific Power, November 2009
  4. MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., BusinessWeek Company Insight Center, accessed July 2008.

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