Fording River Operations is located approximately 29 kilometres northeast of the community of Elkford, in southeastern British Columbia. It is one of our four steelmaking coal operations in the Elk Valley.
Fording 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 by rail. It is then loaded on to larger seagoing vessels, which carry it to our target markets.
The current annual production capacities of the mine and preparation plant are approximately 9.0 million and 9.5 million tonnes of clean coal, respectively. Proven and probable reserves at Fording River are projected to support mining at planned production rates for a further 43 years.