Estevan Coal Mine

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Estevan Coal Mine is an operating coal mine in Estevan, Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Estevan Coal Mine Estevan, Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada[1] 49.092848, -102.886072 (exact)

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

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Project Details

Table 2: Project status

Status Status Detail Opening Year Closing Year
Operating[1] 1973[2]

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
4.34[3] 2022[3] Surface Open Pit 203[4] 50* 369[2]

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
125 Subbituminous Thermal Boundary Dam power station ; Shand power station[1]

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Prairie Mines and Royalty LLC[1] Westmoreland USA

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


Estevan Mine is a surface coal mine, operated by Westmoreland Mining, near Estevan and Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada.[5] Estevan Mine supplies coal to Saskatchewan Power Corporation’s four-unit Boundary Dam and single-unit Shand Generating Station, an activated carbon processing joint venture, and a wholly-owned char plant, whose product is used to manufacture barbecue briquettes.[5]

The mine uses advanced topsoil stockpiling techniques to minimize erosion, along with contour leveling, unmanned aerial vehicle surveying, and 3D modeling and equipment simulation software to optimize reclamation efficiency and re-vegetation of all disturbed land developed before being returned to prior use activities.[5]

  • Operator: Westmoreland Mining[5]
  • Owner: Westmoreland Mining
  • Location: Between Estevan and Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada[5]
  • GPS coordinates: 49.092848, -102.886072 (exact)
  • Mine status: Operating[5]
  • Start year: 1973
  • Production: 4.3 million tonnes (2021)[6]
  • Mineable reserves:
  • Coal type: Thermal[5]
  • Mine size: 20,331 Ha[5]
  • Mine type: Surface [5]
  • Equipment:
  • Number of employees:369[5]

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  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 Westmoreland Mining, Estevan Mine, Company Website, accessed June 2022
  6. Canada: Five Largest Surface Coal Mines in 2021, Global Data, accessed December 2022