Review of Coal Beneficiation Practices in Canada

CIM Bulletin, 1968

T. E.TIBBETTS; Research Scientist and Head, Coal Preparation and Surveys Section. T. A LLOYD; Scientific Officer, Fuels and Mining Practice Division, Dept. of Energy, Mines and Resources, Ottawa, Ont.

This paper indicates the extent to which Canadian coal mine operators have taken advantage of developments in the science and technology of coal that would allow them to better satisfy changing market demands through improving the properties of their products. At some mines, no attempt is made to alter the coal from its as-mined condition, but at most mines grading into various size ranges and hand-cleaning of lump sizes is undertaken. Over-all, Canada Jags behind most of the other major world coal producers in the proportion of its coals being processed in wash plants. To some extent, this is due to the fact that a high proportion of the coal production satisfies market demands without such treatment. On the other hand, a few of the coal mines in Canada, which produce about 25 per cent of the nation's total coal output, have in operation some of the most modern coal beneficiating equipment available, including jigs, flotation cells, water cyclones, centrifuges, disc filters and thermal dryers.
Keywords: Alberta Coals, beneficiation, British Columbia, Eastern Canada, Nova Scotia, Canada, Canadian, Centrifuges, Coal, Dryers, Fines, Mine, Mines, Plants