The head of the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office on Sept. 11 issued an order putting a life extension for Teck Coal’s Coal Mountain metallurgical coal strip mine into the environmental assessment process.
The proposed Phase 2 project would involve an extension of coal reserves for the Coal Mountain Operations mine until about 2050. The mine is located approximately 15 kilometers south of Sparwood, B.C.
Notable is that this is not just moving into an adjacent coal reserve. This new area is 20 kilometers northwest of the existing mine. As an extension of existing operations, it would use the existing mine infrastructure at the Coal Mountain Operations mine. Raw coal would be trucked via road to the existing prep plant for processing.
The production capacity would be about 2.25 million tonnes/year of clean coal, which would be mostly pulverized coal injection product for the steel industry. The mine would produce a total of 76.5 million tonnes of clean coal over a mine life of 34 years, between 2016 and 2050. Without this new coal area, existing coal reserves would run out around 2016.
Teck Coal, part of Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK), is Canada’s largest producer of met coal, with a total of six coal mines, five in British Columbia and also Cardinal River in neighboring Alberta.