Elko Coal Mine

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Elko Coal Mine is a proposed coal mine in Elko, British Columbia, Canada.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Elko Coal Mine Elko, British Columbia, Canada[1][2] 49.2990491, -115.1197198 (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
Proposed[1] Exploration[1] New[1]

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
1.25 Surface Open Pit 35.71[1] 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
303.1[1] East Kootenay[2] Bituminous Met[1]

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Advance Metals Ltd[1] Pacific American Holdings Australia

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


The Elko Coking Coal Mine Project is a proposed mine located in the Crowsnest Coalfield of the East Kootenay Coal Basin in British Columbia, and owned by Advance Metals Ltd. (formerly Pacific American Coal).

In 2018, the company signed a contract with an established drilling contractor to drill up to 11 exploration holes at the site. Assays and analytical results, including an updated geological model, were planned for completion in the first quarter of 2019.[3] The exploration program was delayed by an extended regulatory process as well as the extreme wildfire season across British Columbia.[4]

Pacific American Holdings Ltd has secured the Notice of Work (drilling permit) approval for its Elko Coking Coal Project for a further five years, through to September 2024. The new information gathered from this drill program is aimed at allowing the company to complete a pre-feasibility study as well as define the reserves on the property.[5]

In 2022, the Pacific American Holdings company rebranded itself as "Advance Metals Limited."[6]

Despite there having been few updates on the project's progress in recent years, according to Advance Metals' 2022 annual report, the Elko Coking Coal Project remains an important asset of the company. Advance Metals notes that they continue to maintain 100% ownership of the Elko Project, have renewed the three Elko licenses, and the project remains in good standing.[6][7]

  • Operator: Advance Metals Ltd
  • Owner: Advance Metals Ltd
  • Location: Elko, British Columbia, Canada
  • GPS Coordinates: 49.2990491,-115.1197198 (approximate)
  • Mine Status: Proposed
  • Production Capacity:
  • Total Resource: 303.1 million tons (estimated)[6]
  • Coal Type:
  • Mine Size: 3571 ha
  • Mine Type: Surface
  • Start Year:
  • Number of Employees:

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 https://www.listcorp.com/asx/avm/advance-metals-limited/news/annual-report-to-shareholders-2854906.html. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20240121030045/https://pacificamerican.com.au/. Archived from the original on 21 January 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. Pacific American Coal begins exploration at Elko project in British Columbia, Proactive, July 11, 2018.
  4. Pacific American well-funded to launch 2018 exploration program at Elko Coking Coal Project, Proactive, May 9, 2018.
  5. Pacific American ready for next round of drilling after extending Elko Coking Coal permit, Proactive, September 26, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 2022 Annual Report Advance Metals Limited (Formerly Pacific American Holdings Limited), Listcorp website, accessed November 2023.
  7. "Other Investments", Advance Metals website, Accessed November 2023.