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Advances at Canadian metallurgical coal project expansion

World Coal,

Anglo American have announced that initial works have commenced on the first phase of the Trend-Roman coal project in British Columbia. The company is creating an opencast expansion for the Trend mine near Tumbler Ridge.

Water management

The commencement of work at the coal project’s water management infrastructure  follows the Mines Act Permit Amendment (MAPA) that was granted to the project by the government of British Columbia in early August.

Anglo American chief executive Mark Cutifani said that the Trend-Roman expansion programme will extend the life of the existing Trend mine by 16 years. He also said the company would introduce advanced environmental protection strategies.

"The approval of the Roman project's first phase is an important milestone in our strategic plans to grow our metallurgical coal output in Canada, with the completed expansion producing up to 2.5 million tpa of metallurgical coal and employing up to 450 people," Cutifani added.

Environmental considerations

The company recently set aside 1852 ha. of land tenure at its metallurgical coal project for the preservation of caribou habitat, as the company seeks to mitigate the environmental impact of its coal project.

Anglo American expects to receive the permit for the second phase of the project by the end of 2013 and to complete the expansion by Q1 2014.

Edited from various sources by Sam Dodson

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