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Castle Project

The Castle Project is a proposed extension of Teck’s existing Fording River steelmaking coal mine located in the East Kootenay region in southeastern British Columbia. The Project represents an opportunity to extend the lifespan of Fording River and maintain the jobs and economic benefits generated by the operation in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

Castle Project

The Castle Project is a proposed project that will extend the lifespan of Teck’s Fording River steelmaking coal mine and maintain jobs and economic activity generated by the operation in the Elk Valley.

The Castle Project will provide a new source of mineable steelmaking coal and is located immediately south of the current mining operations at Fording River. Within the next few years, less economically mineable coal will be available from current operating areas at Fording River. Over time, Teck anticipates that all steelmaking coal for Fording River would come from the Castle Project.

The extension of mining will allow for continued social and economic contributions to the local and regional economies, extending the life of Fording River by several decades.

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Engage with Us

We have launched a Project website to facilitate engagement on the Castle Project. Visit castleproject.teck.com to learn more about the Project and get involved.

Project Location

The Castle Project is located adjacent and to the south of Teck’s existing Fording River Operations. By making use of existing equipment and infrastructure at Fording River, the Project will minimize the footprint of the new activities.

Project Timeline

The Castle Project is currently in the design stage, during which time Teck is defining specific aspects of the Project using the feedback gathered from Indigenous Peoples, local communities and governments.

Regulatory Process

The Castle Project will require an environmental assessment, a process that provides a comprehensive evaluation of a range of potential effects, including positive effects, that may occur over the life of a proposed project, including environmental, economic, social, cultural, and health effects.

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) oversees the environmental assessment process in British Columbia. In April 2020, Teck initiated the early engagement phase of the environmental assessment process with the submission of the Project’s Initial Project Description and Early Engagement Plan to the BC EAO. During this phase, there is an opportunity for local communities, Indigenous Peoples, regulators, and others to learn about the Project, engage with Teck and the BC EAO, and help identify potential interests and concerns early on.

On August 19, 2020, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada announced the decision to designate the Castle Project for review under the Impact Assessment Act. Based on this decision, the Castle Project will be subject to federal review that will focus on areas of federal interest in addition to the provincial environmental assessment process currently underway. The Castle Project will work with the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) to ensure a coordinated review.

Learn more about the provincial regulatory process for the Castle Project 


Provincial environmental assessment process

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Castle Facts

Project Design Alternatives

Existing Environment

Regional Benefits

Elk Valley Water Quality Plan

Community and Indigenous Engagement

Teck’s Involvement in the Elk Valley

Get Involved

As the Castle Project progresses through the regulatory review process, we will be providing opportunities to both learn more about the Project and for you to provide feedback. Your input helps us understand what topics are important to you.

BC EAO Public Comment Period

The public comment period for the Castle Project will be open from May 8 to June 22, 2020. During this time, you may submit a question or comments to the BC EAO here.

Teck and the BC EAO hosted virtual open houses to provide information about the Project and answer questions on May 14, 2020 and May 19, 2020.  View the virtual open house presentation

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Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal and zinc, as well as investments in energy assets.