Coal Mountain Operations: The next twenty years

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 90, No. 1015, 1997

B.R. Johnston, Fording Coal Limited, Coal Mountain Operations, Sparwood, British Columbia and K.D. Streeter, Smoky River Coal Limited, Grand Cache, Alberta

Coal Mountain Operations is the newest of Fording Coal’s operations although it is the oldest in terms of its historical production. In October, 1994, Fording purchased the former Corbin Creek/Byron Creek Mine. The mine is located in southeastern British Columbia, approximately 150 air kilometers from Calgary, Alberta. It was first developed in 1905 and has gone through a variety of owners in its 90-year history. This paper will deal with the remobilization strategy and the mining plans for the operation which are being implemented to make this operation competitive in the world export coal market.