Leer South coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor
This article is part of the Global Coal Mine Tracker, a project of Global Energy Monitor.

Leer South coal mine is a proposed underground mine, operated by Wolf Run Mining, LLC, a subsidiary of Arch Resources, designed to produce 3 million tons of per annum, near Grafton, West Virginia, United States.[1]


The satellite photo below shows the mine near Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia, United States.

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Project Details

  • Owner: Wolf Run Mining, LLC[1]
  • Parent company: Arch Resources
  • Location: Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia, United States
  • GPS coordinates: 39.341299,-79.976028
  • Mine status: Proposed
  • Start year: 2021[1]
  • Production: 3 million tons per year[1]
  • Mineable reserves:200 million tons[1]
  • Mine type: Underground[1]
  • Mining method: Longwall
  • Coal type: Bituminous (met coal)[1]
  • Mine size:26,000 acres
  • Mine depth: 550 feet


Arch Resources has set an overall budget for the Leer South mine of US$360 million-US$390 million.[2]

S&P Global has reported on how Arch has turned to the bond markets to help finance the project, with four recent issues: US$45.0 million in tax-exempt bonds through the West Virginia Economic Development Authority; a similar US$53.1 million offering in 2020; a US$54 million equipment financing facility in early 2020, and; a further US$135.0 million bond issue in October 2020.[3] Describing the 2020 US$53.1 million transaction as "a novel application of tax-exempt financing for the metallurgical coal industry," IJGlobal reports that Citi was the arranger of this bond issue.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Arch Resources, Operations, Company Website, accessed July 13, 2020
  2. Hector Forster, Arch Resources presses on with 2021 startup at Leer South met coal mine, S&P Global, Jul. 29, 2020
  3. Taylor Kuykendall, Shut off from conventional capital, US coal companies seek creative options, S&P Global, Jun. 2, 2021
  4. Arch Resources Bond Facility 2020, IJGlobal, accessed Jun. 10, 2021