2019 Coal Cost Guide - Mining Cost Service

The Cost Data and Advice You Need to Make Informed Mining Decisions

Complete, Up-to-Date Mining Cost Information...

One characteristic is common to all successful mining companies: their decisions are based on the best cost information available. To get that information, many of them turn to Mining Cost Service and now, the 2019 Coal Cost Guide.

The Coal Cost Guide is developed from ongoing surveys of a network of mining companies, labor unions, tax specialists, utilities, and suppliers. This assures you complete, detailed information that reflects current, actual conditions.

Join the many successful companies, mining schools, and government agencies throughout the U.S., Canada, and around the world who rely on the Guide to help them with:

  • Development Decisions
  • Appraisals and Acquisitions
  • Coal Property Evaluations

Coal Cost Guide Benefits

The Coal Cost Guide is the industry's standard reference for mine cost estimating. This loose-leaf manual places data for all pertinent cost estimating areas at your fingertips. It contains over 600 pages of easy-to-find, indexed information to make your cost studies faster and easier. Your Guide will provide you with in-depth information on the following topics:

Mine and Prep Plant Cost Models

You'll receive detailed cost summaries for a broad range of sizes and types of theoretical surface and underground mines and prep plants. This will help you develop quick, order-of-magnitude estimates.

Coal Production Data

You'll gain historical and current perspectives of coal production by coal rank and geography. The Guide also summarizes distribution, resources and technical data for coal producing areas in Canada, the United States and Mexico.


You'll receive a guide to current truck, rail, and ocean shipping charges for coal, equipment and supplies to help you estimate shipping costs and compare alternative transportation methods.

Mining Taxes

You'll receive clear explanations and current Canadian and U.S. federal, state and provincial taxes and how they apply to your proposed project. All taxes are covered including income, sales, property and all other mining-specific taxes in all of the coal producing states or provinces.

Mining Wages

You'll receive the results of InfoMine USA's annual labor surveys for coal mines in Canada and the U.S. This includes wage scales, benefit plans and employment taxes to help you estimate labor costs.

Utility Costs

You'll receive current industrial electric power and natural gas rate schedules as applied to mining throughout the U.S. and Canada so you can quickly determine your project's utility costs from actual rate information.

Mine and Processing Equipment

You'll receive current estimator's prices for over 3,000 mine and processing equipment items, from 2 hp pumps to 3,400 hp trucks, drills, locomotives, ventilation equipment, crushing and grinding equipment, pumps, motors, continuous miners and more. You can determine capital costs for every item on your equipment list...in a matter of minutes! Convenient tables focus on equipment size and productivity, avoiding the confusion of model names and numbers.

Mine, Processing, Safety and Reclamation Supply Costs

You'll receive current prices for virtually every supply item in your cost estimate, including safety equipment, fuel, reagents, drill bits, tires, rock bolts, reclamation materials and much more.

Cost Indexes for Mining and Coal Price Statistics

You'll receive current and historical inflation indexes for key mining categories, plus our valuable Coal MCS indexes. Also included are current and historic price tabulations according to coal rank and coal region, ensuring you have accurate and reliable commodity prices for your cost estimates. You can track the effects of inflation and keep your feasibility studies up to date.

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Who Uses the Guide? Cost Estimators, Mining Engineers, Mine Managers and Appraisers

Coal Cost Guide Uses:

  • Determine project costs
  • Estimate capital and operating budgets
  • Establish baseline
  • Price for appraisals

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If your Coal Cost Guide fails to meet your needs or expectations, you may return it for a full refund less shipping charges provided you return the product in good conditions within 30 days of purchase

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