Coal Cost Guide

Increase the speed and accuracy of you cost estimates. The Coal Cost Guide is designed for engineers, geologists, and financial analysts who require up-to-date starting and operating costs for mining projects.

Complete, Up-to-Date Mining Cost Information

One characteristic is common to all successful coal mining companies; their decisions are based on the best, most accurate cost information available. To get that information, many of them turn to Costmine’s Mining Cost Service and the 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, assuring you complete, detailed information that reflects current, actual conditions. Join the many successful companies, mining schools, and government agencies throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world who rely on Costmine to help them with:

  • Development Decisions
  • Appraisals and Acquisitions
  • Coal Property Evaluations

What's Included


The Coal Cost Guide is the industry’s standard reference for Mining Cost Estimation.

This manual, available in both digital and print versions, 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:

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.

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.

The results of Costmine’s annual labor surveys for Canada and the United States, including wage scales, benefit plans and employment taxes for coal mines to help you estimate labor costs.

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.

Current estimator’s prices for 3,000 mine and mill 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.

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.

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 coal producing states or provinces.

Current industrial electric power and natural gas rate schedules as applied to mining throughout the United States and Canada, so you can quickly determine your project’s utility costs from actual rate information.

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.

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