The Francisco Mine complex in Gibson County near Francisco, Ind., is comprised of an underground mining operation as well as a coal processing and rail loadout facility. The underground mine, which opened in 2003, shipped 2.8 million tons of coal in 2012. Francisco Mine primarily serves Duke Energy. The mine has 49 million tons of recoverable coal reserves.
The Francisco underground workforce of more than 275 operates three split-air supersections utilizing continuous miners and battery coal haulers. The mine operates three shifts per day, five days a week.
Coal from the Francisco Mine is processed at a 650 ton-per-hour heavy media preparation plant and loaded on trains for transporting to Duke Energy’s Gibson Station plant. An additional 500,000 tons of coal is trucked from other Peabody locations for loading and shipment. Appoximately 35 additional workers operate the processing and loadout facilities on two 12-hour shifts per day, seven days a week.
Francisco Mine has been honored with the Peabody President’s Award for being the company’s safest underground mine in 2006, 2007 and 2008.