In a May 27 order, the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office laid out the scope of the environmental assessment to be done on an application by NWP Coal Canada Ltd. to develop the Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project.
The Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project is located approximately 12 kilometers from the District of Sparwood in southeastern British Columbia. NWP Coal Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jameson Resources Ltd. out of Australia. The project is a proposed open pit metallurgical coal mine in the Elk Valley coalfield in the East Kootenay Region. The project occurs between several existing metallurgical coal mines in the Elk Valley and Crowsnest coal fields, the nearest being Teck Corp.’s Elkview (8 kilometers southwest) and Line Creek (12 kilometers north) mines.
The anticipated production capacity of the project is 3.7 million run-of-mine tonnes per annum (approximately 10,150 tonnes per day) for 16 years (not including site decommissioning). Run-of-mine coal reserves are estimated at 56 million tonnes, of which 50 million tonnes are proven and 6 million tonnes are probable.