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Steelmaking Coal

We are the world's second-largest seaborne exporter of steelmaking coal, with six operations in Western Canada and significant high-quality steelmaking coal reserves.

Steelmaking Coal

There are different types of coal depending on their carbon content, calorific value and the amount of moisture present. Steelmaking coal – or metallurgical coal – is a higher grade coal which is a necessary component in the chemical reactions that transforms iron into steel. Steel is essential for building the critical infrastructure and the products that make our quality of life possible.

Teck's Steelmaking Coal Facts

6 The number

of steelmaking coal operations we actively mine

54 The percentage

of our gross profit, before depreciation and amortization, in 2016 that was from steelmaking coal

27.6 million

tonnes of steelmaking coal produced in 2016

27.0 million

tonnes of sales of steelmaking coal in 2016 to customers around the world

Where We Make It

  • Cardinal River
    Cardinal River Cardinal River Operations is a steelmaking coal operation located in west-central Alberta.
  • Coal Mountain
    Coal Mountain Coal Mountain Operations is one of Teck's five steelmaking coal operations located in the Elk Valley of British Columbia, Canada.
  • Elkview
    Elkview Elkview Operations is one of our five steelmaking coal operations located in the Elk Valley of British Columbia.
  • Fording River
    Fording River Fording River Operations is one of our five steelmaking coal operations located in the Elk Valley of British Columbia.
  • Greenhills Operation
    Greenhills Operation Greenhills Operations is one of our five steelmaking coal operations located in the Elk Valley of British Columbia.
  • Line Creek
    Line Creek Line Creek Operations is one of our five steelmaking coal operations in the area located in the Elk Valley of British Columbia.

Steelmaking coal is...

an essential ingredient in the production of steel. Also called metallurgical or coking coal, it is necessary for building infrastructure such as rail, bridges and schools and improving the quality of life for people around the world. Steel and steelmaking coal used to make it are also required for everything from clean energy projects like wind or solar power to transportation alternatives like rapid transit, buses and hybrid vehicles.

Did you know?

​Approximately 100 tonnes of coal is needed to produce the steel in an average wind turbine. Read more about coal through the Coal Alliance.
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Our Stories

  • Improving Aquatic Habitat at Greenhills with the First Calcite Management System in Canada
  • Growing Opportunities: Twin Sisters Native Plants Nursery
  • Partnering to Maintain and Protect Outdoor Recreation Near Cardinal River Operations
  • Engaging Communities to Prepare for Closure of Coal Mountain Operations
  • Safety Innovation at Coal Mountain Operations in support of our High-Potential Risk Control Strategy
  • Protecting Grizzly Bears near our Cardinal River Operations
  • Reclamation Example: Reclamation Research at Fording River and Greenhills
  • Reclamation Example: Making a Mine Pit into an Aquatic Habitat
  • Closure Example: Cooperative Planning for Land Uses After Mining
  • In Conversation – Ktunaxa Nation Council and Teck discuss Impact Management and Benefits Agreement
  • Mapping the Migration of Harlequin Ducks
  • Tool Time at Teck: Employee Innovation Improves Safety and Reduces Maintenance Time
  • Population of Threatened Caribou Herd Triples Thanks to Penning Program
  • Improving Haul Truck Efficiency at Elkview Operations
  • Relearning to Fly
  • Crocodile Rock
  • Protecting Water Quality with Teck’s First Elk Valley Water Treatment Facility
  • Teck's Involvement in the Elk Valley Economic Initiative
  • Teck's Involvement with the Elk River Alliance
  • Selenium Management Successes at Cardinal River Operations
  • Improving Haul Truck Productivity
  • Sheep Sharing: Teck Transplants Bighorn Sheep Across North America
  • Energy Management – Improving Dryer Fan Efficiency at Coal Mountain Operations
  • From a Mined Pit to a Thriving Trout Habitat
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