Peace River Coal Operation

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Mine TypeOpen Pit
StatusCare and Maintenance
  • Coal (metallurgical)
Mining Method
  • Truck & Shovel / Loader
Production Start... Lock
Mine Life... Lock
SnapshotPeace River Coal Operation consists of Trend mine and Roman Mountain mine.

Both mines were placed on care and maintenance at the end of 2014. The Mineral Resources are considered to have reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction based on current long-term economic assumptions.
Related Asset


Anglo American plc. 100 % Indirect
Peace River Coal Inc. (operator) 100 % Direct

Deposit type

  • Sedimentary


The distribution of coal-bearing units in northeast British Columbia is controlled by structures of the Rocky Mountain Foreland Fold and Thrust Belt. Along the western flank of the Foothills, in the hanging walls of the Merrick and Whatley faults, coal is absent. Structurally beneath and east of these faults, in the central and eastern parts of the Foothills, folded and thrusted shallow-marine units of the Minnes Group and Gething, Gates, and Boulder Creek formations host coal. All coal mines worked to date are in this central zone. Exposed or at shallow structural levels, coal-bearing beds can be mined by surface and underground methods. On the Plains east of the Foothills, flat-lying rocks of the Minnes Group and Gething, Gates and Boulder Creek are at depths that preclude surface mining, but underground mining may be feasible. However, the Wapiti Formation is exposed and could be mined by surface or underground methods. The Belcourt-Saxon, Trend and Roman Mountain deposits are located in the south central region of the Peace River Coalfield and form part of the Rocky Mountain Foothills of north eastern British Columbia. The strata were uplifted during the Laramide Orogeny and now form portions of the eastern flank of the Rocky Mountains. Thrust faulting and intense folding strongly affected the strata during the mountain-building phase. Coal seams with economic potential occur in the Lower Cretaceous Gates and Gething Formations. These units were formed within a deltaic depositional environment. The coal-bearing sequence of the Gates Formation is the most significant hard coking coal for surface mining in north east British Columbia. Coal seams and major lithological units at Trend correspond closely to that of Roman Mountain. The Roman Project property is located directly south of the existing Trend Mine. Coal seams of economic interest are located in the Gates and Gething Formations as at the Trend Mine. The structure of the Roman Project coal seams consists of a large syncline the axis of which strikes northwest–southeast. The axis of the syncline plunges to the northwest. Typically the limbs of the syncline are dipping at angles between 40 and 65°. The Trend mine is located in the Peace region of northeast British Columbia, on the flanks of Roman and Quintette Mountains. The mine is bounded by Babcock Creek in the west and by Quintette Mountain in the east. The northeastern British Columbia deposits are in the Foothills and Plains coalfi elds, together known as the Peace River coalfields. The Foothills coalfield extends for 400 km along the eastern flank of the Rocky Mountains. The coals are distributed through a stratigraphic interval of more than 3000 m, and are hosted by fi ve Lower Cretaceous units, the most important of which are the Gates Formation (Fort St. John Group) and the Gething Formation (Bullhead Group). Coal in the Gething and Gates formations are bituminous in rank, ranging from high to low volatile. Metallurgical (coking and PCI) coals are predominant, and total sulphur contents are typically low.



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All production numbers are expressed as clean coal.

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