Poplar River Mine
The Poplar River Mine is a 7,488 Ha. surface strip mine located in South Central Saskatchewan near the Town of Coronach. The mine operates two active pits and supplies lignite coal to the two generating units at the Poplar River Generating Station which is owned and operated by Saskatchewan Power Corporation. The mine has been supplying coal to the station since 1978.
Coal is uncovered using the two draglines (2 – BE 2570W). The exposed coal is hauled from the pits to a loadout and then railed 20 kilometres to the generating station. Current annual production of the mine is 3.3 million tonnes. The current coal supply contract for the mine expires in 2015.
Poplar River Mine owns and operates the railway from the mine to the generating station. Work is underway to extend the existing coal contract for a 10 year period.
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