Freedom Coal Mine

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Freedom Coal Mine is an operating coal mine in Beulah, North Dakota, United States.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Freedom Coal Mine Beulah, North Dakota, United States 47.4139, -101.7391 (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 1983

Table 3: Operation details

Capacity (Mtpa) Production (Mtpa) Year of Production Mine Type Mining Method Mine Size (km2) Mine Depth (m) Workforce Size
10.32013315[1] 2023[1] Surface 36.4 30 468[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
257[2] 2021[2] 331[2] Fort Union Region Lignite Thermal Antelope Valley Station

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Coteau Properties Co[3] NACCO Industries USA

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


The Freedom Mine is a coal mine, operated by Coteau Properties Company, owned by North American Coal, producing 14.1 million short tons per annum, in Beulah, North Dakota, United States.

The Freedom Mine is operated by the Coteau Properties Company (a subsidiary of The North American Coal Corporation, Dallas, TX), Beulah, North Dakota. The mine supplies lignite to the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, Antelope Valley Station and Leland Olds Station.[4]

Freedom mine is the largest lignite mine in the United States, operating two 120-cubic-yard draglines and a fleet of 200-ton overburden trucks.[5]

  • MSHA ID: 3200595
  • Operator: Coteau Properties Company
  • Controller: North American Coal
  • Location: Beulah, North Dakota
  • GPS coordinates: 47.398117,-101.777687
  • Production (short tons): 14,183,313 (2018)[6]
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Mineable Reserve: 444.5 million tonnes (proven and probable)[7]
  • Mining Type: Surface
  • Mine Size: 9000 acres
  • Mine Depth: 50-150 feet[8]
  • Mine Status: Active
  • Number of employees: 454


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  4. North Dakota’s Freedom Mine: The largest lignite mine in the United States, Lignite Energy Council, 31 July 2017.
  5. Lignite Energy Council, " The Coteau Properties Company's Freedom Mine", Lignite Energy Council website, accessed May 2009.
  6. "EIA table 9 2019" accessed June 2020
  7. Freedom Mine, Mining Data Solutions, accessed November 2020
  8. State of North Dakota,Where is Coal Found, accessed November 2020

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