Lignite production up
By April Baumgarten
Lignite production is slightly up in North Dakota, and coal industry officials say its not going away anytime soon.
“The lignite mines and power plants represent one of our state’s largest and steadiest industries, providing good-paying jobs and substantial tax revenue to the state,” said Steve Van Dyke, vice president of communications for the Lignite Energy Council.
The state’s four mines produced 27.7 million tons of coal in 2013, up from 27.5 million tons in 2012. Two mines, the Freedom Mine and Beulah Mine produced more while the while the Falkirk and Center mines produced less.
The Freedom Mine, the nation’s largest lignite producer, sold 13.8 million tons. The coal is used solely by Basin Electric Power Cooperative through the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, and Basin Electric Antelope Valley Station and Leland Olds Stations north of Beulah.