A major coal plant in Kentucky that was scheduled to close this year is slated to reopen in 2019, a major coal company announced Monday.
The Murray Energy Corp. announced plans to open the new Liddell Coal Processing Plant in 2021 at the end of the 2020 fiscal year.
The company said the new plant will have more than 3 million tons of coal in operation.
Murray Energy said it expects to begin using the new facility in 2019.
The company said it will be the first major coal mine in the U.S. to use a “bio-chemical” process that makes the waste stream from its mining operations more efficient.
The process is used in other coal-fired power plants in the United States, Canada and Europe.
The plant’s opening is part of a strategy to diversify the company’s business.
Murray said it is seeking additional energy-producing resources.