The Kaiser Coal Project

CIM Bulletin, 1969

P. J. URSO, Mine Manager - Pit Operations, Kaiser Resources Ltd., Fernie, B.C.

The coal reserves of the Crow's Nest Basin in British Columbia have been known since the late 1860's. The 51.0- million-long-ton (over 15 years) sale of low-volatile coking coal to Japanese steel mills, as finalized in 1968, establishes the importance of these coal reserves in the world markets. In t he early stages of the exploration program, which began in January, 1967, emphasis was placed on determining the reserve of underground low-pitch coal within the No. 10 or Balmer seam of the Kootenay coal formation. The finding of low-cover reserves in excess of 100,000,000 tons altered the initially planned underground program. Extensive tests were performed, establishing the excellent coking characteristics of the open-cast Balmer coal. Due recognition was given to the ultimate reclamation costs of mined lands and associated spoil areas.
Keywords: Coal, coal seam, coking coal, Crow's Nest, Kaiser Coal Project., open-pit, cyclones, Materials, Mine, Mines, Plants, test, Tests