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Westmoreland to close Texas Jewett mine leaving 250 workers unemployed

is set tocease production at its Jewett Mine in Texas, leaving 250 people unemployed,after NRG Texas PowerLLC said it would terminate a lignite supply agreement on Dec. 31, twoyears earlier than scheduled, FuelFix.com reported Sept. 26.

In aletter submitted by Westmoreland to the Texas Workforce Commission, the companysaid the layoffs are scheduled to happen from December to January.

Anearlier report noted that NRG Texas Power, a unit of , was switching itsLimestone plantfrom lignite coal to low-sulfur coal from the Powder River Basin coal as it wasthe most competitive option.