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FARMINGTON — Navajo Transitional Energy Company will have a public information meeting at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Shiprock Chapter house in Shiprock.

NTEC is a limited liability company and a tribal enterprise located on the Navajo Nation. It was approved in April 2013 by the Navajo Nation Council and Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly in order to purchase the Navajo Mine from BHP Billiton.

In December, NTEC executed the coal sale agreement with Arizona Public Service Company to continue supplying coal from Navajo Mine to the Four Corners Power Plant and signed an operating agreement with BHP Billiton, which will continue to manage the mine until the end of 2016.

One of the purposes of the meetings is to educate the public about NTEC, the reason for its formation and its purpose, said Sam Woods, interim chief executive officer.

The stakeholders of NTEC are the Navajo people, with that in mind, it is important for them to be informed about the company's activities, he said.

The presentation also provides NTEC the opportunity to clarify any misinformation and misconceptions that have been circulating, he said.

The meeting on Friday in Shiprock is one of five public information meetings planned by NTEC.

The first presentation was Monday at the Upper Fruitland Chapter house in Upper Fruitland and the second was Tuesday at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Ariz.

Upcoming meetings are scheduled for April 28 at Arizona State University's Tempe Memorial Union in Tempe, Ariz., and on April 29 at the Cameron Chapter house in Cameron, Ariz.

Among the topics Woods talked about during the Window Rock presentation was NTEC's history, its management committee and team, the purpose of the mine management agreement it has with BHP Billiton and its future.

A goal for the company, Woods said, is to continue having public information meetings each quarter and to have them take place in different chapters across the reservation.

Navajo Transitional Energy Company information meeting
When: 6 to 8 p.m., Friday
Where: Shiprock Chapter house on U.S. Highway 64 in Shiprock 
More info: Contact Emerald Craig at 480-543-8151 or go to

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and Follow her @nsmithdt on Twitter.