Patriot Coal is a producer and marketer of coal in the eastern United States, with operations and coal reserves in the Appalachia coal region. We and our predecessor companies have operated in this region for more than 50 years. Headquartered in Scott Depot, West Virginia, we employ approximately 2,900 people with 900 represented by the United Mine Workers of America and 2,000 non-union represented employees.
In 2013, we sold 21.5 million tons of coal, of which 70% was sold to domestic and global electricity generators and industrial customers and 30% was sold to domestic and global steel and coke producers. We shipped a record 48% of our volume to locations outside the U.S. in 2013.
Our operations consist of 8 active complexes, with one in northern West Virginia and seven in southern West Virginia.
Northern Appalachia Thermal
Central Appalachia Metallurgical
Central Appalachia Thermal
East Coast & Gulf exports
We ship coal to electricity generators, industrial users, steel mills and independent coke producers, as well as brokers that ultimately sell the coal to these same types of customers. Coal is shipped via various company-owned and third-party loading facilities, multiple rail and river transportation routes and ocean-going vessels.
Our mining operations and coal reserves are as follows:
In southern West Virginia, we have seven mining complexes located in Boone, Lincoln, Kanawha and Raleigh counties. In northern West Virginia, we have one complex located in Monongalia County. We sold 17.7 million tons of coal in Appalachia in 2013. We control 1.2 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves in Appalachia, of which 485 million tons are assigned to current operations.