Nashville, TN, June 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — First Colombia Gold Corp. (OTCPink: FCGD) provided a detailed operations update today. The company announced that after careful consideration, they have chosen Wesley T. Johnson to lead their coal operations division.
Jason Castenir, CEO of First Columbia Gold Corp. stated, “We are all extremely excited about Mr. Johnson and his capabilities and honored to have him on the team. As we are making this transition into the coal industry, Johnson makes an excellent choice for the new direction of the Company. “
Wes Johnson has over 15 years of experience in the coal industry at varying levels. His expertise in strip mining, terminal management and heavy equipment provides the practical knowledge and leadership that First Columbia Gold Corp. will need to achieve success in this new venture.
“I am excited to lead First Columbia in this new direction and to kick off operations with this first coal lease. This is an exciting time in the market and I believe that my experience and connections within the industry will be a valuable asset to First Columbia Gold Corp.,” stated Johnson.
Johnson is currently located in Kentucky and believes this lease location, also in Kentucky, is located in a very advantageous region. Mr. Johnson continued, “Being centrally located in Kentucky, provides the best access to the Eastern Kentucky coal markets. I intend to focus on two key regional opportunities, our first and easiest market entry is within the Eastern Markets and specifically the ports on the East Coast. As we develop a customer base within that region, we will try to use rail to develop markets in the port of New Orleans.”
The company has further detailed their operations plan. The initial focus will be on the Haddix Seam which ranges in thickness from 48 inches to 55 inches and will be mined using the area mining method. This seam has an existing permit in place which includes 300,000 tons of recoverable coal. The company plans to mine at a rate of 20,000 tons per month and based upon the current market conditions, the company believes that coal will sell in excess of $50 per ton. The initial estimated mining costs for the initial operation are projected to be $40 to $42 per ton giving First Columbia Gold Corp. an $8 per ton margin.
Mr. Castenir gave his thoughts on the overall opportunity within this coal venture, “There is a lot of momentum and activity within the coal industry and there are a lot of opportunities within this sector right now. We have everything we need to succeed with this new venture. We are continuing to build our team and recruit the talent necessary to make a profitable entry into the coal market.”
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