Fording River Operations

From Global Energy Monitor

Fording River Operations is a coal mine near Elkford, British Columbia, Canada.[1]


The satellite photo below shows the approximate proposed mine site near Elkford, British Columbia, Canada.[1]

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Originally designed as a 3Mt/y operation, Fording River began production in 1971 and made its first shipment of metallurgical coal in April 1972.

Proposed Extension

In 2020, Teck Coal put forth the Fording River Extension Project, a proposed extension of the existing Fording River steelmaking coal mine.[2] The Project represents an opportunity to extend the lifespan of Fording River from the mid-2020s through to the early 2070s.[3]

Teck submitted the Detailed Project Description to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office in July 2021 and anticipates final provincial and federal assessment decisions would be released late-2023, and, if positive decisions are received, permitting decisions in 2024. This would be followed by construction of the project with target for operations in 2027. Mining operations would then continue for several decades. By the early 2030s, all steelmaking coal for Fording River Operations would come from the project.[4]

In September 2021, Teck received the green light from the B.C. Environmental Assessment office to expand its Fording River coal mine near the Alberta border.[5]

Project Details

  • Owner: Teck Coal[1]
  • Parent company: Teck Resources[1]
  • Location: Elkford, British Columbia, Canada[1]
  • GPS coordinates:50.19284, -114.86473 (exact)
  • Mine status: Operating[1]
  • Start year: 1971
  • Production: 7.9 million tonnes per annum (2017);[6] 8.4 million tonnes (2021)[7]
  • Mineable reserves: 79 million tonnes[6]
  • Coal type: Met, bituminous
  • Mine size:
  • Mine type: Surface[1]
  • Equipment:
  • Number of employees:1,100[1]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 British Columbia,Fording River Operations, BC Mine Information, accessed August 2020
  2. "Operations - Fording River Extension", Teck Resources website, accessed June 21, 2022.
  3. Fording River Extension Project Detailed Project Description, Teck Coal Limited, accessed June 22, 2022.
  4. "About the Fording River Extension Project", Teck Resources website, accessed June 21, 2022.
  5. "Fording River gets Green light", Elk Valley Coal News, 11 Sept 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mingin Data Solutions, Fording River Mine, accessed August 2020
  7. Canada: Five Largest Surface Coal Mines in 2021, accessed December 2022

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