By WVUA 23 Reporter Julia Smith

Coal provides 23% of the world’s energy and Tuscaloosa has plenty of it.

Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA) approved a $500 million project Thursday morning to build a coal mine in North Alabama. TCIDA approved the United States-based coal supplier Warrior Met Coal to build a mine on Brandon School Road in Berry. The supplier extracts metallurgical coal for continents such as Europe, South America and Asia.

All coal is exported through Mobile’s McDuffie Coal Terminal. With having this mine, more coal will be exported through this port which will be a boost in business for the state. The mine will provide more than 300 jobs in Tuscaloosa with a starting salary of $85,000.

Interim Executive Director of TCIDA, Bryan Chandler, said this is big for Tuscaloosa.

“It is broadening our economic base and these are high paying jobs,” Chandler said.

TCIDA approved a $26 million tax abatement to pay for supplies to build the mine. Chandler said they are expected to receive a three-to-one tax return, which he says is good for Tuscaloosa’s economy.

Coal extracting will start in 2023 and long wall mining will start in 2025

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