Mohegan Energy Trustees, LLC (Mohegan), through its wholly owned subsidiary Cornerstone Minerals, LLC (Cornerstone), announced that the acquisition of a low volume metallurgical coal operation and related equipment in West Virginia from Met Resources, LLC.
Following the acquisition, Mohegan is focused on ramping-up production, lowering costs, improving existing infrastructure, and constructing a 350 tph processing plant and additional rail out facility.
Cornerstone’s mining operations are led by Greg Jessee, Managing Partner and Head of Operations, who is recognised in West Virginia for his leadership of world class mining facilities and award winning land reclamation efforts. Rick McCormick, Managing Partner, and a renowned global expert in coal processing techniques, will oversee Mohegan’s commercial activities.
To fund the transaction, Mohegan has entered a strategic partnership with Orion Energy Partners (Orion Energy), a New York-based private equity firm that provides creative capital solutions to North American middle market energy infrastructure businesses. Together with its affiliate funds, Orion Energy is providing a US$100 million facility for the acquisition and related infrastructure investments.
“Our partnership with Orion Energy provides Mohegan with the long-term strategic and financial support we need to safely and efficiently maximise the value of our acquisition,” said McCormick.
“Mohegan’s management is well positioned to implement industry leading extraction and polishing techniques and assure exceptional performance during this critical time of rising metallurgical demand,” said Gerrit Nicholas, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Orion Energy. “Orion Energy expects to quickly deploy the US$100 million facility to support the modernisation and expansion of the Mohegan mines to maximise production while assuring the highest quality and safest operational practices. We’re pleased to be partnering with metallurgical coal’s premiere operating team, and look forward to a prosperous and collaborative relationship.”
Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC and Jackson Kelly PLLC acted as legal counsel and Riverside Management Group, LLC of Westport, CT acted as sole financial advisor to Mohegan.
Latham & Watkins LLP and Bowles Rice LLP acted as legal counsel to Orion Energy.
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