El Segundo Mine
El Segundo Mine, located in Northwest New Mexico adjacent to Lee Ranch Mine, opened in 2008. El Segundo is one of the most productive mines in the Southwest because of its low overburden ratio. Currently, El Segundo has long-term coal agreements with Arizona Public Service Company and Tucson Electric Power. Arizona Electric Power Cooperative and Western Fuels Association are supplied coal under shorter-term contracts.
El Segundo shipped 8.4 million tons of coal in 2013, and owns or controls approximately 167 million tons of coal reserves. A workforce of approximately 340 uses dozers, shovels, and trucks to uncover between two and five coal seams ranging from 1.5- to 16-feet thick. Coal loading takes place daily and is done with the aid of end loaders. The coal is transferred to its four customers via the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
In 2010, the New Mexico State Mine Inspector recognized El Segundo with three of the state’s highest honors for safety excellence. El Segundo was named the safest surface operation in New Mexico and earned the Surface Coal Safe Operator of the Year Award. The mine workforce earned two additional honors for 2010: the Safety and Health Innovator and Rescue Response awards.