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Fording Coal Ltd Coal Mine – Fording River – British Columbia

Producer of

Metallurgical and thermal coal


29km northeast of Elkford, BC, Canada


Elk Valley Coal Corporation (100%)

Geology type

Jurassic-Cretaceous coal measures of the Elk Valley coalfield

Mineral type

Low- to high-volatile bituminous A coals

Reserve base

227Mt proven and probable clean coal, plus 660Mt measured and indicated (2006)

Annual production

10Mt clean coal capacity

Mining method

Multi-seam open pit

Coal processing

Gravity, dense medium cyclone and flotation



Open pit

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