Estevan coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

Estevan Mine is a surface coal mine, operated by Westmoreland Mining, near Estevan and Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada.[1]


The satellite photo below shows the approximate proposed mine site near Estevan and Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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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.[1]

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.[1]

Project Details

  • Operator: Westmoreland Mining[1]
  • Owner: Westmoreland Mining
  • Location: Between Estevan and Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada[1]
  • GPS coordinates: 49.092848, -102.886072 (exact)
  • Mine status: Operating[1]
  • Start year: 1973
  • Production: 4.3 million tonnes (2021)[2]
  • Mineable reserves:
  • Coal type: Thermal[1]
  • Mine size: 20,331 Ha[1]
  • Mine type: Surface [1]
  • Equipment:
  • Number of employees:369[1]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Westmoreland Mining, Estevan Mine, Company Website, accessed June 2022
  2. Canada: Five Largest Surface Coal Mines in 2021, Global Data, accessed December 2022

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