Groundhog mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Groundhog mine is located in the Groundhog Coalfield in north-western British Columbia, Canada.


The satellite photo below shows the approximate proposed mine in British Columbia, Canada.

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Atrum Coal completed the pre-feasibility (PFS) study for the project in May 2014, and the supplementary PFS (SPFS) was completed in October 2014. The project involves a 5.4 Mtpa run-of-mine (ROM) underground operation and is estimated to have a mine life of 38 years. The Groundhog project is estimated to contain JORC-compliant measured, indicated and inferred resources of 1.57 billion tonnes. The deposit is amenable to both underground and open cut mining. Site preparation work started in July 2014 with the aim of clearing the site to allow movement of the heavy equipment. Commercial production was anticipated to begin in the second half of 2016.[1] The Groundhog project is the world's largest undeveloped anthracite deposit.[2]

Project Details

  • Owner: Atrum Coal
  • Parent company:
  • Location: British Columbia, Canada
  • GPS coordinates: 55.9864782,-129.937176 (approximate)
  • Mine status: Shelved
  • Start year: 2016
  • Mineable reserves: 1.5 billion tons
  • Coal type:
  • Mine size: 800km²
  • Mine type: Surface and underground
  • Production: 5.4 million tons per year[3]
  • Additional proposed production:
  • Equipment: Adit style or cut-and-cover portal method
  • Number of employees: 400

Articles and resources


  1. Groundhog Anthracite Project, British Columbia, Mining Technology, accessed October 2019.
  2. Groundhog project, Mining Data Solutions, accessed October 2019.
  3. Atrum Coal invests in anthracite mine in Canada, Mining Global, September 29, 2015.

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