Aussie company starts British Columbia review for coal mine project

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office issued an Oct. 30 that requires that an environmental assessment be done on NWP Coal Canada Ltd.’s plans to construct and operate a new open pit metallurgical coal mine approximately 13 kilometers northeast of Sparwood in the Elk Valley.

The Crown Mountain Project would produce an estimated 3.7 million tonnes/year of clean coal, and would have a mine life of approximately 16 years. NWP Coal Canada Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jameson Resources Ltd. out of Australia.

Exploration activities undertaken in 2012 resulted in the definition of a total open pit coal resource of 90 million tonnes for the project. In 2013, an expanded exploration program resulted in a resource increase to 99 million tonnes.

The project occurs between several existing metallurgical coal mines in the Elk Valley and Crowsnest coal fields, the nearest being Teck Coal’s Elkview (8 kilometers southwest) and Line Creek (12 kilometers north) mines.

The Elk Valley and Crowsnest coal fields are home to five of Canada’s 23 producing coal mines, said the October project application from the company. The coal mines in the area produce over 21 million tonnes per annum of export quality metallurgical and thermal coal, over 70% of Canada’s total coal exports annually, making the Elk Valley coal field the most productive in the nation.

The preferred option to transport coal from the mine’s prep plant site to the rail load-out area is a combination of overland conveyance and off-highway class haul trucks using a new haul road. The clean coal transport system is estimated at 12 km in total length. The project is located in close proximity to the existing Canadian Pacific rail line near Sparwood, B.C. A new rail siding will be constructed adjacent to the rail that services three of Teck’s coal mine operations located further to the north of the Crown Mountain Project. Coal will travel by rail (estimated 1,200 km) to a port terminal in Vancouver for shipment overseas. The rail siding will accommodate up to 152 cars.

Said the Jameson Resources website: “Jameson Resources Limited is an ASX listed company (ASX Code : JAL) focused on the exploration and development of coking coal projects in Western Canada. Jameson Resources has projects in the world class Elk Valley and Peace River coking coal fields in British Columbia. Western Canada is a low sovereign risk jurisdiction with well-established rail and port infrastructure. With a highly experienced board and management team with a track record of coal mine development, Jameson Resources is committed to maximise shareholder value by acquiring, developing and operating a balanced portfolio of coal projects.”

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