Coal Valley Mine – Alberta
The Coal Valley Mine is a 20,660 Ha. surface mine located in West Central Alberta south of the Town of Edson in the Foothills of Alberta. The mine operates both truck/shovel and dragline pits and utilizes a dragline for coal removal. The mine exports bituminous coal to customers in Japan and Korea as well as some domestic coal. The area has a long history of mining and the Coal Valley Mine was opened in 1978 to supply coal to Ontario Hydro and for overseas export.
Coal is uncovered using the two draglines (1- Page 752LR; 1 – M7450) and two truck/shovel fleets. The exposed coal is hauled from the mine to the heavy media wash plant where the waste is removed and then loaded on trains to be shipped to the ports. Current annual production of the mine is 3.0 million tonnes and the plant has capacity to operate at 4.0 million tonnes per year.
In 2005, Coal Valley Mine won the Alberta Chamber of Resources Major Reclamation Award for the work done on the Silkstone and Lovett End Pit Lakes.
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