Canyon Fuel Company
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Canyon Fuel Company first came to Utah with its purchase of the coal properties of the Coastal States mines in 1996.
Coastal States departed from Utah with the sale in 1996 of its coal mining properties to Canyon Fuel Company, a new company owned jointly by Arco Coal (65%) and Itochu of Japan (35%).
The sale to Canyon Fuel in 1996 included four coal mining properties in Utah: Soldier Creek Coal Company; Sage Point Coal Company; Southern Utah Fuel Company; Skyline Coal Company; along with Coastal Development Company, and Utah Fuel Company. (Utah Division of Oil Gas and Mining, Permit C0070039; Dugout Canyon Mine)
Canyon Fuel Properties
Utah DOGM Coal File C0070034
Opened in 1979 by Soldier Creek Coal Company; closed in 2000 by Arch Coal
Dugout Canyon Mine
Utah DOGM Coal File C0070039
Development (roads, etc.) started in 1996 by Canyon Fuel; production started in 1998 by Canyon Fuel
Skyline Coal Project
Utah DOGM Coal File C0070005
Development started in 1980; production started in 1982 by Coastal States
Soldier Creek Coal Co.
Utah DOGM Coal File C0070018
Development began in 1975; production began in 1976, by Soldier Creek Coal Company
Southern Utah Fuel Co. (Sufco)
Utah DOGM Coal File C0410002
Development began in 1910, by Southern Utah Fuel company; production began in 1911; sold to Coastal States in 1973
(Read more about the Sufco mine) (Includes brief histories of Arch Coal and Arco Coal)
Canyon Fuel and Arco Coal, 1996
December 20, 1996
Canyon Fuel Company, a new company owned jointly by Arco Coal (65%) and Itochu of Japan (35%), was the result of the merger of Coastal States Energy Company with four coal mining companies in Utah, including Soldier Creek Coal Company; Sage Point Coal Company; Southern Utah Fuel Company; Skyline Coal Company; along with Coastal Development Company, and Utah Fuel Company. (Utah Division of Oil Gas and Mining, Permit C0070039; Dugout Canyon Mine)
"Effective December 20, 1996, Canyon Fuel Company, LLC was formed as a joint venture between ARCO Uinta Coal Company (65% ownership) and ITOCHU Coal International Inc. (35% ownership) for the purpose of acquiring certain Utah coal operations and an approximate 9% interest in Los Angeles Export Terminal, Inc. from Coastal Coal, Inc. and The Coastal Corporation." (Arch Coal, Inc., SEC Form 10K, dated March 2, 1999)
Canyon Fuel and Arch Coal, 1998
March 23, 1998
Atlantic Richfield announced that it would sell its coal mining operations in Utah and Colorado to Arch Coal, Inc., for a reported $1.14 billion, making Arch the second largest coal mine operator in the nation, selling 110 million tons of coal per year, about 10 percent of the nation's total. (Deseret News, March 23, 1998)
April 23, 1998
Utah state regulators were informed of the intended change of ownership of 65 percent interest in the Dugout Canyon mine, from Arco Coal, as a subsidiary of Atlantic Richfield, to Arch Coal, as a subsidiary of Arch Minerals. Canyon Fuel company would remain as the active mining company. (Utah Division of Oil Gas and Mining, Permit C0070039; Dugout Canyon Mine)
June 1, 1998
Effective June 1, 1998, Arco Coal company sold its 65 percent interest in Canyon Fuel to Arch Western Resources, LLC." (Arch Coal, Inc., SEC Form 10K, dated March 2, 1999)
January 1, 1999
Arch Coal signed a contract with Intermountain Power Agency to supply 2.2 million tons of coal per year, through 2010, with an option to supply the same amount through 2015. (Arch Coal, Inc., SEC Form 10K, dated March 2, 1999)
July 15, 2004
"Arch Coal, Inc. announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Itochu Corporation's 35% interest in Canyon Fuel Company, LLC for a contract price of $112 million. With the completion of this transaction, Canyon Fuel will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Arch Coal." "Canyon Fuel owns and operates two longwall mines in Utah - Sufco in Sevier County and Dugout Canyon in Carbon County. In addition, the company owns the currently idle Skyline mine, which also is located in Carbon County. In total, Canyon Fuel controls approximately 161 million tons of high-quality, low-sulfur coal reserves in Utah. In 2003, Canyon Fuel produced approximately 13.0 million tons of coal." The sale was completed on July 29, 2004. (Arch Coal, Inc., press release dated July 15, 2004, "today")
Bowie Resource Partners, 2013
August 16, 2013
Bowie Resource Holdings completed its purchase of 100 percent interest of Canyon Fuel Company, a subsidiary of Arch Coal Company. The purchase included the Soldier Creek mine in Soldier Canyon, along with the Dugout Canyon mine, the Banning loadout, the Sufco mine, and the Gordon Creek mines (previously owned by Mountain Coal Company). The purchase agreement was first signed on June 27, 2013.
In 2018, Bowie Resources Partners was reorganized at Wolverine Fuels.