Drummond Company, Inc. and its affiliates mine coal in Colombia through an 80 percent ownership interest in Drummond International, LLC, a joint venture with a subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation formed in October 2011. Drummond International, through its subsidiaries, including Drummond Ltd., owns and operates coal mining and transportation infrastructure in Colombia.
Our Colombian steam coal meets worldwide sulfur regulations and is also very low in mono-nitrogen oxides emissions, which is highly desirable to utility plants required to lower these emissions. In addition, our affiliate companies market Colombian steam coal internationally to over 15 countries.
The Drummond International operation includes the Mina Pribbenow and El Descanso open-pit coal mines located in the Cesar Coal Basin near La Loma; Puerto Drummond, a deep-water ocean port on the Caribbean Sea near Santa Marta; and coal transportation and handling facilities. Drummond transports the coal from the mines 120 miles by railcar on the renovated portion of the Colombian National Railroad System directly to Puerto Drummond, the deep-water ocean port. This port has the capability to load all sizes of vessels from handy-size up to the largest capesize.
Heavy investment in production infrastructure, has allowed us to grow shipments of Colombian coal from one million tons in 1995 to over 25 million tons currently.
Twin Pines includes four separate active surface mines, located in Alabama that each produce metallurgical, steam, and pulverized coal injection (PCI) coal. The coal is mined using truck/shovel fleets. In terms of quality, the coal has an ash range of 4 to 10 percent and sulfur content of less than one percent.
Located in Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties near the cities of Adger and Bessemer, Alabama, the operations have access to truck, rail, and river transportation systems, including water access to ports in Mobile, Alabama, and New Orleans, Louisiana.