The curtailment will start in April.
The mine will continue with limited operations to support Walter Energy’s nearby Brule mine.
Scheller says “The current price environment for met coal dictated that we curtail production at Willow Creek in order to ensure we generate a sufficient economic return in mining the high quality met coal reserves at the site. Given the tremendous progress that has been made in the cost structure at the mine, when we see signs of sustainable market pricing conditions we would expect to ramp up production.”
Last weekend reports surfaced stating the company would be closing the mine.