Corsa Coal began sending trainloads of high-heat metallurgical coal out of its new Somerset, Pa., coal wash plant, generating export shipments for CSX Transportation.
Toronto, Ont.-based Corsa said it loaded two 80-car unit trains for 16,000 tons of the met coal.
That is the type used by steel and other metal manufacturers around the world to make metal slabs or other products. While domestic utility demand has been weak this year for the types of coal used to generate electricity, CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway say they have been hauling increased levels of Appalachian met coal for export.
This week, CSX boosted its 2011 capital spending plan by $200 million to $2.2 billion, mainly to buy more railcars to haul export coal.
Corsa said its Somerset preparation plant, 170 miles from the Port of Baltimore, can process up to 400 tons of coal hourly and 2 million tons annually.
Its rail loading area, the company said recently, “can handle 120-car unit trains, ensuring Corsa a competitive freight rate.”
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