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American Resources Corp. commences planning and development of metallurgical coal mines

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American Resources Corp., a next generation and socially responsible supplier of rare earth and critical elements, carbon and advanced carbon materials to the new infrastructure and electrification marketplace, has announced that post the success of staffing and starting its Carnegie 2 mine, it has commenced planning and development on its next two carbon mines in Pike County, Kentucky, to supply its McCoy Elkhorn complex with additional low cost high quality metallurgical coal for the global steel industry.

Tarlis Thompson, COO of American Resources, commented: “Over the last seven years we have acquired, restructured and repositioned our extensive asset base enabling our carbon platform to deliver substantial organic growth that require low capital investment. With over 40 existing mining permits, five processing and logistics hubs, substantial remaining mine life and a high margin profile, our platform is a unique source of growth within our industry. Our team has dedicated substantial time and energy over the years to fully restructuring and repositioning these complexes to substantially streamline the facilities, their operations and our corporate overhead to enable a low cost structure and sustainable jobs for the community. Today, these as-sets are in a position to unlock the value and take advantage of the strong global demand for carbon over the next few decades. Having these assets in place positions our platform as one of the few that can organically expand production to feed the demand especially while older mines in our region are coming to end of life."

McCoy Elkhorn Complex was formerly a complex owned and ran by James River Coal as one of their premier facilities. The complex is one of the last high-quality, long-life mining facilities in the market and in the region. The hub and spoke facility is centred around two state of the art processing plants (800 tph and 500 tph) and a 110 car unit train rail load out facility and two fully approved and permitted impoundments that can process north of 6 million tpy of coal. Post the start of the next two mines, the company will begin the planning of the next phase of organic growth from the McCoy Elkhorn complex. Internally, the company is focused on organically expanding production to 1.5 million – 2 million tpy.

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