Pat Bell – MLA Prince George North
I realized it’s been some time since I have talked about mining and the prospects in our region so I asked for a summary from the Ministry of Energy and Mines. While I did know about some of the projects there are some new ones in the mix as well so this week’s Top 10 will be the “Mining Edition”.
1. At the Trend mine, operated by Peace River Coal (PRC), 2008 production was 772 000 tonnes of coal, comprised of 632 000 tonnes of metallurgical coal and 140 000 tonnes of thermal coal. Also in 2008, PRC initiated a $104 million program to acquire and operate its own mining equipment. As a result, PRC expects to increase annual production to 1.2 million tonnes and significantly reduce its operating costs per tonne. PRC also developed an automatic loader at the rail load-out near Tumbler Ridge to handle the planned increase in production. On the adjacent Roman Mountain property, PRC continues...