The Line Creek Operation—an update

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 75, No. 848, 1982

D.A. RIVA, Operations Manager, Line Creek Operation, Crows Nest Resources Limited, Sparwood, B.C.

The Line Creek Project is located in southeastern British Columbia, approximately 25 kilometres north of Sparwood. The design is to produce a total of 2.7 million tonnes of coal annually. This is made up of 1.4 million tonnes of thermal coal and 1.3 million tonnes of metallurgical coal. Construction commenced in the spring of 1980 and mining operations began in July 1981. The thermal processing plant, maintenance and dry facilities, as well as extensive road and bridge construction, were completed in early 1982. A collective agreement was signed with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 115, in June 1981. The first unit train left Line Creek on February 18, 1982 with a load of thermal coal bound for the Ssangyong Corporation in Southern Korea. It was the start of a ten-year contract to supply 350,000 tonnes annually to fire their cement kilns. Additional contracts for 750,000 tonnes will fuel the boilers of Korea Electric Company's San Chon Po and Go-Jeong power stations. Metallurgical coal shipments are scheduled to leave the Roberts Bank port in Vancouver in April 1983.
Keywords: Coal mining, Coal processing, Line Creek mine, Upper Elk coal field, British Columbia, Manpower, Environmental control.