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Cardinal River Operations is a steelmaking coal operation located in west-central Alberta.

About Cardinal River

Cardinal River Operations is a steelmaking coal mine located approximately 42 kilometres south of Hinton, Alberta.

Cardinal River produces steelmaking coal – also called metallurgical coal or coking coal, which is used to make steel. We export the processed coal by sea to the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere. This involves the shipment of the steelmaking coal from the mine site to bulk port terminals in Vancouver and Prince Rupert by rail. It is then loaded on to large seagoing vessels, which carry it to our target markets.

The current annual production capacities of the mine and preparation plant are approximately 2.0 million and 3.5 million tonnes of clean coal, respectively.

Closure Survey Results

The Cardinal River Operation Closure Planning Survey was open from November 20, 2019 to January 15, 2020, and received 201 online responses and 30 paper responses.

Two themes identified were the economic impacts to the surrounding communities, and the need to balance returning the land for public use with environmental and conservation efforts. As closure planning progresses, Cardinal River Operations will consider these themes while upholding previous Luscar End Use planning commitments and engaging with Alberta Environment and Parks on the Cheviot End Use planning process.

If you have questions or comments about the survey or about Cardinal River Operation’s Closure Planning Process, please contact Nicole Nicholas at Nicole.Nicholas@teck.com.

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(1) Non-GAAP Financial Measure. See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section for further information.
(2) See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section for reconciliation.  

Public Access

Cardinal River Operations provides local residents and stakeholders with information on the status of our mining operations, including public access. In order to ensure public safety, there are Designated Access Trails (DATs) in and around our Mineral Surface Leases (MSL). DATs provide safe access to areas popular with outdoor enthusiasts and are either designated for Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use or non-motorized access (foot or equestrian). Public access maps are available online or from Cardinal River Operations.

Environmental Management

Cardinal River Operations is committed to meeting high environmental standards. We maintain an extensive series of environmental management systems with focused management plans in place for areas such as haul roads water management, selenium and wildlife.

Cardinal River Operations

Bag Service 2570
Hinton, A.B. Canada T7V 1V5
t: 780.692.5100
f: 780.692.5124

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