A difficult balance must be maintained between new asset investment costs, operating and maintenance costs, and maintaining an acceptable level of risk. Various capital investment and budget allocation strategies have been implemented to prioritize asset allocation. To maintain a competitive edge in plant operations, these sound fundamentals must also be applied to all areas of a plant, including the coal yard. By ignoring even “small” deficiencies, operations are exposed to wasted budget dollars and manpower assets and well as to potentially large risks.

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