CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/05/12 -- Cobalt Coal Ltd. ("Cobalt" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:CCF) is pleased to provide the following updates:
-Production volume from its Westchester Mine doubled in May 2012 compared to the average monthly production achieved during the first 4 months of 2012;
-Installation of electric power from the power grid is proceeding with a scheduled completion date during the latter half of July or early August 2012.
The following factors have contributed to the increased production in May 2012:
-- improved mining conditions - the coal seam thickness has increased;
-- improved clean coal recovery at the prep plant due to improved coal seam
thickness ; and
-- adding more maintenance employees has improved equipment uptime.
Mike Crowder, Cobalt's President and CEO, reports that having achieved production of 6,000 clean tons during the month and along with the 2012 sales price increase to $125 per ton from $110 in 2011 means that, for the first time in Cobalt's history, monthly production revenue will exceed operating costs. "We are on the way, and once power installation is finished in about 2 more months, we will be able to task additional machinery underground that cannot now be operated by power from the diesel generator that is limited and prone to overload tripping. We remain confident that once the power problems that have been plaguing us are solved, production volumes from Westchester can be further increased."
Cobalt is a publicly traded coal exploration and production company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with a regional office in Welch, West Virginia USA. Cobalt was created to capitalize on the growth opportunities that exist in the metallurgical coal mining industry.
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