Company: About Us

A Family Owned and Operated Mine

Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. is a fourth generation family owned business. Joe Usibelli Jr. is President of the corporation and his father, Joe Usibelli is Chairman of the Board of Directors. UCM is headquartered in Healy, Alaska, and has permitted reserves in excess of 50 years at current production rates. UCM has identified a surface mineable reserve base of approximately 700 million tons, of which, 450 million is classified as proven and 250 million as probable. UCM could double production to meet market demands.

Coal is transported to six Interior Alaska electrical power plants - including two military sites: Fort Wainwright (U.S. Army) and Eielson Air Force Base; Healy Unit #1 and Unit #2 operated by Golden Valley Electric Association - Fairbanks' electric cooperative; Aurora Energy, LLC - a wholesale supplier of electricity and provider of district heat in Fairbanks; and the University of Alaska Fairbanks power plant. Additionally, UCM has exported coal to South Korea since 1984, Chile since 2003, and Japan since 2008, through the Seward Coal Terminal operated by Aurora Energy Services, LLC at the Port of Seward. Over the years, UCM has provided test shipments to Russia, Taiwan, and China.

The Environment is a High Priority

Four generations of the Usibelli family have lived in the vicinity of Healy. Because the mine is the family's backyard, it was no surprise that six years before it was required by Federal law; UCM pioneered a successful land restoration program. The ultimate goal of restoration is to establish a natural landscape on mined land. The land is contoured and then seeded with a carefully researched mixture of grasses and plants indigenous to northern regions. Local school children help collect cones from local trees to germinate seedlings for transplanting.

Laboratory testing proves that the sulfur content of UCM coal is among the lowest of any coal produced in the world. Other environmental benefits of the coal include high calcium content and excellent performance in equipment designed to reduce gas emissions. These environmental attributes make Usibelli coal attractive as an efficient, clean energy source.

UCM's commitment to innovative technology, to long-term involvement in Clean Coal Technology, to a pioneering restoration program, and its dedication to environmental excellence has earned the mine a position of leadership in Alaska and in the U.S. coal industry.