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    Selected Statistics for Contract Coal Domestic Shipments to Electric Utilities from the Central Appalachian Coal Field


      2001 2000 1999 1990 1979
    All Modes
    Average Distance Shipped (miles) 438.2 451.5 406.0 446.6 369.4
    Average Rate per Ton (2000 Dollars) $9.00 $9.41 $9.29 $13.27 $13.05
    Average Rate per Ton-Mile (Mills in 2000 Dollars) 21.2 21.1 23.0 30.7 39.6
    As a Percentage of Delivered Price 22.98 23.93 24.18 24.20 17.63
    Tonnage Shipped (million short tons) 82.027 81.414 100.507 100.586 62.734
    Low-Sulfur Coal 16.592 24.154 29.762 24.978 7.106
    Medium-Sulfur A Coal 60.090 54.707 61.595 71.833 48.703
    Medium-Sulfur B Coal 2.843 2.247 8.485 2.449 3.776
    High-Sulfur Coal 2.501 0.306 0.665 1.326 3.148
    Rail
    Average Distance Shipped (miles) 456.9 457.9 432.4 421.6 367.1
    Average Rate per Ton (2000 Dollars) $10.00 $10.57 $10.38 $14.00 $13.92
    Average Rate per Ton-Mile (Mills in 2000 Dollars) 21.9 22.0 24.1 33.1 40.7
    As a Percentage of Delivered Price 24.99 26.43 26.72 25.29 18.72
    Tonnage Shipped (million short tons) 74.756 72.537 78.553 74.584 42.502
    Low-Sulfur Coal 15.595 21.937 20.260 15.478 5.451
    Medium-Sulfur A Coal 56.300 50.154 52.904 56.639 33.691
    Medium-Sulfur B Coal 0.360 0.379 4.724 2.449 2.174
    High-Sulfur Coal 2.501 0.067 0.665 0.018 1.186
    Rail Using Shipper-Owned Equipment
    Average Distance Shipped (miles) 444.3 454.1 430.3 419.5 -
    Average Rate per Ton (2000 Dollars) $9.48 $10.03 $10.19 $14.23 -
    Average Rate per Ton-Mile (Mills in 2000 Dollars) 22.0 21.9 23.9 33.8 -
    As a Percentage of Delivered Price 24.99 26.47 27.32 25.79 -
    Tonnage Shipped (million short tons) 74.314 72.214 60.111 63.778 -
    Low-Sulfur Coal 15.595 21.937 14.726 14.087 -
    Medium-Sulfur A Coal 55.905 50.154 39.995 47.223 -
    Medium-Sulfur B Coal 0.360 0.056 4.724 2.449 -
    High-Sulfur Coal 2.454 0.067 0.665 0.018 -
    Barge
    Average Distance Shipped (miles) 214.5 485.0 357.4 386.9 157.4
    Average Rate per Ton (2000 Dollars) $1.33 $1.25 $4.58 $2.42 $2.16
    Average Rate per Ton-Mile (Mills in 2000 Dollars) 9.7 9.0 12.5 10.6 16.0
    As a Percentage of Delivered Price 5.13 4.71 13.91 4.93 3.26
    Tonnage Shipped (million short tons) 4.723 4.321 15.012 8.478 5.784
    Low-Sulfur Coal 0.997 2.217 6.158 2.882 0.665
    Medium-Sulfur A Coal 1.243 0.236 5.109 4.314 3.626
    Medium-Sulfur B Coal 2.483 1.868 3.744 - 0.297
    High-Sulfur Coal - - - 1.283 1.197
    Multi-Mode
    Average Distance Shipped (miles) 326.4 307.7 252.6 621.1 427.5
    Average Rate per Ton (2000 Dollars) W W $5.23 $15.60 $15.32
    Average Rate per Ton-Mile (Mills in 2000 Dollars) W W 20.7 26.0 38.5
    As a Percentage of Delivered Price W W 15.18 28.18 19.93
    Tonnage Shipped (million short tons) 1.696 3.076 3.235 16.120 13.469
    Low-Sulfur Coal - - 2.084 6.603 0.991
    Medium-Sulfur A Coal 1.696 3.076 1.134 9.516 10.539
    Medium-Sulfur B Coal - - 0.017 - 1.305
    High-Sulfur Coal - - - - 0.634
    Truck
    Average Distance Shipped (miles) 42.9 46.9 46.1 2.0 2.0
    Average Rate per Ton (2000 Dollars) W W W W W
    Average Rate per Ton-Mile (Mills in 2000 Dollars) W W W W W
    As a Percentage of Delivered Price W W W W W
    Tonnage Shipped (million short tons) 0.851 1.480 3.707 0.482 0.445
    Low-Sulfur Coal - 1.241 1.260 - -
    Medium-Sulfur A Coal 0.851 0.239 2.447 0.482 0.445
    Medium-Sulfur B Coal - - - - -
    High-Sulfur Coal - - - - -
    Tramway/Conveyor
    Average Distance Shipped (miles) - - - - -
    Average Rate per Ton (2000 Dollars) - - - W W
    Average Rate per Ton-Mile (Mills in 2000 Dollars) - - - W W
    As a Percentage of Delivered Price - - - W W
    Tonnage Shipped (million short tons) - - - 0.921 0.534
    Low-Sulfur Coal - - - 0.015 -
    Medium-Sulfur A Coal - - - 0.881 0.403
    Medium-Sulfur B Coal - - - - -
    High-Sulfur Coal - - - 0.025 0.131


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    Note:
  • Central Appalachia Coal Region includes Eastern Kentucky, Virginia, and Southern West Virginia, as displayed: Coal Regions and Coal Fields Map.
  •  W = Withheld to avoid disclosure of individual company data.
  • "-" = Not Available.
  • Low Sulfur = less than or equal to 0.6 pounds of sulfur per million Btu; Medium Sulfur A = 0.61 to 1.25 pounds per million Btu; Medium Sulfur B = 126 to 1.67 pounds per million Btu; High Sulfur = greater than 1.67 pounds per million Btu. Medium Sulfur A coal meets SO2 emission limits for power plants affected by Phase I of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA90). Low Sulfur Coal meets the emission requirements those power plants must attain in Phase II of CAAA90, after January 1, 2000.
  • Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
  • One mill equals 0.1 cent.


  • Source:
  • Table 4.02, Coal Transportation: Rates and Trends in the United States, EIA


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