PRAIRIE EAGLE MINE
Prairie Eagle is the hub of Knight Hawk Coal’s operation employing more than 250 people while processing and shipping more than 3 million tons of coal annually. Opened in 2005 as a surface mine, it was expanded to include two underground mines, Knight Hawk’s main coal preparation plant and multiple truck load-out facilities. In the future, Knight Hawk will also have the capability to load unit trains from this facility with the United Pacific and Canadian National mainlines adjacent to the property.
PRAIRIE EAGLE PORTAL
The Prairie Eagle Portal is recognized as one of the most efficient underground mines in the country. With the initial cut opened in 2006, this drift mine accesses reserves approximately 100 feet below the surface. The mine is a room and pillar operation utilizing three super section units, producing 2.5 million tons per year.
PRAIRIE EAGLE EAST PORTAL
Knight Hawk plans to open the American Eagle Portal located five miles east of the Prairie Eagle Portal. Like Prairie Eagle, this operation will be a room and pillar mine with the capability to support an additional three super section units. This portal, along with the Prairie Eagle portal, will allow Knight Hawk to access the balance of the 100 million ton reserve while retaining the flexibility to increase production based on market conditions.
PRAIRIE EAGLE PREPARATION PLANT
More than 70 percent of the 5 million tons of coal produced at Knight Hawk Coal annually is processed at the Prairie Eagle Preparation Plant. Opened in 2005 and expanded in 2012, it processes 900 tons per hour utilizing heavy media cyclones. Two automated truck load-outs near the plant can move 2,000 tons of coal per hour. The Prairie Eagle Prep Plant also produces a stoker product which accounts for approximately 10% of the washed product. With a 5,000 ton silo and adjacent stacking tube, Prairie Eagle can maintain a live storage capacity of 50,000 tons.