Englewood, CO – December 28, 2016 – Westmoreland Coal Company (Nasdaq:WLB) today announced that it amended its power supply agreement with Dominion Virginia Power, a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE:D). Beginning March 1, 2017, Westmoreland will create cash savings as it will no longer be required to operate the Roanoke Valley Power Facility (“ROVA”). Under the amendment, Westmoreland will begin to provide the required contracted level of energy to Dominion through power purchase contracts, in lieu of providing it by operating ROVA.
“Amending the ROVA contract is a successful step toward our goal of reducing the impact of our non-core assets,” said Kevin Paprzycki, Westmoreland’s Chief Executive Officer. “This amendment allows us to meet our future capacity obligations through purchase contracts, instead of running our ROVA facility. By no longer operating ROVA, we will reduce our projected cash flow burn by $13 million through March 2019, with the most meaningful cash savings occurring in 2019. Additionally, we are now more aggressively pursuing the sale of the remaining physical facility. I’d like to thank the team for their great efforts in 2016 which resulted in this transaction.”
Westmoreland continues to anticipate the release during 2017 of nearly half of the $22 million in restricted cash in place at September 30, 2016. This restricted cash serves as collateral for existing ROVA power contracts. Recent higher power prices are expected to lower the required cash collateral levels.
About Westmoreland Coal Company
Westmoreland Coal Company is the oldest independent coal company in the United States. Westmoreland’s coal operations include surface coal mines in the United States and Canada, underground coal mines in Ohio and New Mexico, a char production facility, and a 50% interest in an activated carbon plant. Westmoreland also owns the general partner of and a majority interest in Westmoreland Resource Partners, LP, a publicly-traded coal master limited partnership (NYSE:WMLP). Its power operations include ownership of the two-unit ROVA coal-fired power plant in North Carolina. For more information, visit www.westmoreland.com.
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