Chile customers order more Usibelli coal
Test shipments of Alaska coal from Healy to Chile have turned into an order. Usibelli Coal Mine says it shipped 73,000 metric tons of coal to Chile last month after two years of test shipments. Steve Denton is vice president of business development at Usibelli Coal.
He says three Chilean customers each had ordered at least one test shipment of Usibelli coal since 2004. Customers test coal to be sure it will work with their facility. Denton said Usibelli coal is desirable because it has a low sulfur content. However, it also has a higher moisture content, meaning more has to be burned to create the same amount of heat as coal from some other mines.
Denton says the customers in Chile have the option to purchase more coal from Usibelli, but so far there are no confirmed future shipments.