Black Warrior Minerals is a metallurgical surface mine. The coal is mined by removing the overburden to expose and remove the coal seam and then replace the overburden to its approximate original contour.
Black Warrior has eight million tonnes of metallurgical coal, including the highly regarded Mary Lee and Blue Creek coal seams. The coal is surface mined, washed, then transported to a barge loadout facility. From the loadout, the coal is transported by barge on the Black Warrior River to McDuffie Coal Terminal within the Port of Mobile in the Gulf of Mexico.