The RAM Mine property is scheduled for initial production in 2021 from the Pittsburgh seam. A mining permit is expected to be issued in 2019.
Our RAM Mine property is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, consists of approximately 1,567 acres of controlled mineral, and is scheduled for initial production in 2021. Production of high volatile coal from the Pittsburgh seam is planned from a single continuous-miner room-and-pillar underground operation.
The Pittsburgh seam, in close proximity to Pittsburgh area coke plants, has historically been a key feedstock for these coke plants. Operation of our RAM Mine coal reserve may require access to a newly constructed preparation plant and loading facility, third party processing, or direct shipment of raw coal product.
Upon commencement of mining, we anticipate that the mine will produce at an annualized rate of between 300 and 500 thousand tons with an estimated 10-year mining life.
We expect that coal from the RAM Mine coal reserve will be transported to our customers by highway trucks, rail cars or by barge on river systems. In addition to close proximity to river barge facilities, our RAM Mine operations are also near Norfolk Southern rail access.
The RAM Mine coal reserve is not yet permitted, although we have applied for a permit and it is in the final phase of the permit application process. We expect this permit to be issued in 2019.