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Fording Coal Ltd Coal Mine – Greenhills – British Columbia

Producer of

Metallurgical and thermal coal


8km northeast of Elkford, BC, Canada


Elk Valley Coal Corporation (80%); Pohang Steel Canada (20%)

Geology type

Jurassic-Cretaceous coal measures of the Elk Valley coalfield

Mineral type

Low- to high-volatile bituminous A coals

Reserve base

96Mt proven and probable clean coal, plus 304Mt measured and indicated (2006)

Annual production

5.0Mt clean coal capacity

Mining method

Open pit

Processing method

Gravity, dense medium cyclones and flotation



Open pit

Marion 301-M mining shovel

P&H 4100 and 2800 mining shovels

LeTourneau wheel loader

Caterpillar wheel loaders

Bucyrus International BE49R blasthole drills

Komatsu Haulpak 830E haul trucks

Aquila Mining global positioning system

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