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National Coal Transportation Association

Western Logistics & Planning Conference: Gillette, Wyoming

From October 09, 2018 10:36 pm until October 11, 2018 10:36 pm
Categories: NCTA Events

Schedule of Events 

Tuesday, October 9

Tour Cloud Peak’s Antelope Mine (limited to about 15, for Utility Railroad & Associate Members only)

1:30pm                 Depart Gillette’s Fairfield Inn (should accommodate incoming flights)

3:00pm                 Arrive at Antelope Mine for welcome & tour

5:15pm                 Depart Antelope Mine

6:45pm                 Arrive at Gillette’s Fairfield Inn


Wednesday, October 10

(breakfast buffet served from 6:30-9am)

7:00am                 Producers Breakfast Meeting

8:30am                 NCTA Western L&P Meeting Introductions & Admonition

8:50am                 BNSF Railway – rail network update

9:15am                 Union Pacific - rail network update

9:40am                 Break

10:00am               Review of wet weather challenges – Peabody

10:25am               Review of West Coast Exports – Cloud Peak

10:50am               Side Release & Cold Weather Product Offerings

  10:50-11:05         Side Release Product Review – NALCO

  11:05-11:20         Side Release Product Review – Crown

  11:20-11:30         Round table discussion

11:30                    Cold Weather Operations Open Discussion - restrictions on trains & mine

11:50am               Break

12:00pm               Sack lunches and load bus for tour

12:45pm               Arrive at Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station & WY Integrated Technology Center


4:00pm                 Load bus and depart Dry Fork

4:15pm                 Driving tour of Donkey Creek Yard, Campbell Sub with BNSF presentation

5:30pm                 Return to Gillette Community College for dinner

5:45pm                 Dinner served

6:30pm                 Concluding remarks & announcements for next morning


Thursday, October 11

Tour Arch’s Black Thunder Mine (limited to 40, for Utility, Railroad & Associate Members only)

6:30am                 Depart Gillette’s Fairfield Inn (hazard training & presentation in transit)

7:30am                 Arrive at Black Thunder Mine - welcome

8-10:30am           Tour of Black Thunder Mine

11:00am               Depart Black Thunder Mine

12 noon              Arrive at Gillette’s Fairfield Inn (should accommodate making outgoing flights)




Hotel Information

Recommended Option:  There is no room block for the group, however please ask for the $89.00 NCTA Rate.  In addition, for your convenience, tour van/bus pick up and drop off for mine tours will be at the Fairfield Inn parking lot. 


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott 

2577 S. Douglas Highway

Gillette, WY 82718


Room Rate is $89.00++ and includes free breakfast.




Cloud Peak’s Antelope Mine – October 9

·         Transportation departs from Fairfield parking lot at 1:30pm

·         Van or bus transportation provided by Cloud Peak

·         Tour limited to utility, railroad and associate NCTA member participants (no other competitor producers please)

·         Tour limited to about 15 slots, please designate at time of registration

·         Handout of mine presentation and hazard training on the van ride

·         Tour will provide a handout with a mine presentation followed by observations of mining pit, drag line, control room and any other areas of interest.

·         All participants will be required to have steel toed shoes, hard hat and eye protection.  Mine will provide hard hats and eye protection however anyone without steel toed shoes                will be required to stay in the vehicle.

·         Pictures allowed with approval


Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station – October 10

          Dry Fork Station is a 385MW coal fueled power plant with traditional pulverized coal technology.  The plant is a mine-mouth facility fueled by the adjacent Dry Fork mine.  The                  plants is equipped with low NOx burners, activated carbon injection system and has a backend with fluidized bed scrubber and fabric filter baghouse

·         Tour open to all participants and can accommodate up to 50 people

·         Participants should wear closed toed comfortable shoes.  Recommend long pants and no skirts.

Wyoming Integrated Test Center 

          Public-private partnership developed an Integrated Test Center (ITC) hosted by Basin Electric.  The ITC provides space for researchers to test carbon capture technologies                      utilizing a 20MW flue gas stream from Basin’s Dry Fork Station.

·         Tour open to all participants and can accommodate up to 50 people

·         Participants should wear closed toed comfortable shoes.  Recommend long pants and no skirts.


Arch’s Black Thunder Mine – October 11

·         Fairfield breakfast will be available at 6AM

·         Transportation departs from Fairfield Inn parking lot promptly at 6:30am

·         Van or bus transportation provided by Arch with MSHA hazard training in transit

·         Tour limited to utility, railroad and associate NCTA member participants (no other competitor producers please)

·         Tour limited to about 40 slots, please designate interest at time of registration with NCTA

·         Tour to include quick mine presentation plus primarily a riding tour of the mine.  Depending upon operating conditions, participants will see control room, loadout and train                        loading, coal face, crusher and truck dump, dragline operation, pre-strip run and reclamation.

·         Personal protective equipment of hard hat, safety glasses and boots required.  Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment or Arch can provide.  Please provide boot              size at time of registration.

·         Recommend participants wear jeans and a light jacket depending on weather


·         Participants will be asked to sign a waiver and camera pass plus complete MSHA hazard training



For additional questions, please call:


For additional questions, please call:

Melinda Canter  720-227-1049

Mark Adkins      303-923-2449

Scott Yaeger     314-342-7858