Carbon Creek

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Carbon Creek is a cancelled coal mine in Hudson's Hope , British Columbia, Canada.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Carbon Creek Hudson's Hope , British Columbia, Canada[1] 55.8310084, -122.7768367 (approximate)

The map below shows the approximate location of the coal mine:

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Project Details

Table 2: Project status

Status Status Detail Project Type Opening Year Closing Year
Cancelled[2] New[1] 2022

Table 3: Operation details

Note: The asterisk (*) signifies that the value is a GEM estimated figure.
Capacity (Mtpa) Production (Mtpa) Year of Production Mine Type Mining Method Mine Size (km2) Mine Depth (m) Workforce Size
4.3[1] Underground & Surface[3] Mixed[4] 303.9[4] 60* *

Table 4: Coal resources and destination

Total Reserves (Mt) Year of Total Reserves Recorded Total Resources (Mt) Coalfield Coal Type Coal Grade Primary Consumer/ Destination
451[4] Chetwynd Bituminous Met[1]

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Cardero Coal[4] Cardero Coal Canada

Note: The above section was automatically generated and is based on data from the GEM April 2024 Global Coal Mine Tracker dataset.


The Carbon Creek mine was a metallurgical coal mine project owned by Cardero Coal Ltd, which proposed to develop and operate an open pit metallurgical coal mine located approximately 60 kilometres northwest of Chetwynd and 40 kilometres west of Hudson's Hope in northeast British Columbia, Canada. 

The project was cancelled in July 2016 due to Cardero Coal's failure to respond to the Environmental Assessment (EA) prior to deadline.[5] While the assessment was reinstated in August 2016, there has been no public news of the Carbon Creek Mine plan in years, and the project is presumed cancelled. The proposed project would have involved open pit surface mining followed by combined open pit and underground mining. The production rate would be 4.1 million metric tonnes of metallurgical coal per year, over a mine life of 20 years.[6] A report from 2015 indicates that the site has 290 million tonnes of measured and indicated resources and inferred resources of 161 million tonnes.[7]

In July 2016, the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) sent a letter to Cardero Coal Ltd. saying that it was terminating a long-dormant review of major metallurgical coal mine project. The EAO considered the fact that Cordero had not replied to previous correspondence as indication that the company did not wish to proceed with the EA for the project. And because they failed to hear from them by the June 18, 2016 deadline, the project was withdrawn from the EA process.[5]

In August 2016, the project was reinstated into the environmental assessment process, however, there has been little to no public news of the project's status since this date.[8] What's more, project owner Cardero Resource was acquired by World Copper in 2021, and there is no mention of any coal assets on the new website.[9][10]

  • Owner: Cardero Coal Limited
  • Parent company: Cardero Coal Limited
  • Location: Chetwynd, British Columbia, Canada
  • GPS coordinates: 55.8310084,-122.7768367 (approximate)
  • Mine status: Cancelled
  • Production Capacity: 4.1 million tons per year
  • Mineable reserves: 290 million tons
  • Coal type: Metallurgical
  • Mine size:
  • Mine type: Surface and Underground
  • Start year: 2013
  • Number of employees:

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  5. 5.0 5.1 "British Columbia drops application on Carbon Creek project of Cordero Coal", Transmission Hub, Archived from the original on 9 May 2021, Accessed December 2023.
  6. Carbon Creek Metallurgical Coal Mine Project, Government of Canada website, last modified August 28, 2019.
  7. COAL: New resource estimate for Carbon Creek, Canadian Mining Journal, January 6, 2015.
  8. "Carbon Creek Coal Mine Project Details", British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office, Accessed December 2023.
  9. "World Copper Signs Definitive Agreement for the Acquisition of Cardero Resource Corp.", World Copper Ltd., 20 September 2021.
  10. "World Copper reaches definitive agreement to acquire Cardero Resource", Mining Technology, 21 September 2021.