Cardinal River Coals Cheviot Project –Learning By Doing

CIM Montreal 2007
Abstract The Cardinal River Mine was in the process of winding down in 2004. During the preliminary phases of the closure process, the price of seaborne traded metallurgical coal jumped to record levels and customers began aggressively seeking new sources of supply. Several months later, the owners of Elk Valley Coal decided to begin mining at the Cheviot mining area. This would extend the life of the Cardinal River mine by over 20 years. The Cheviot Project had been delayed by low coal prices, ownership changes and a complicated and lengthy regulatory process fueled in large measure by stiff opposition from a number of major environmental organizations. Chief to the startup of the project was the construction of a 23 kilometer long haul road that would connect the new coal reserves to the existing Cardinal River processing and rail facilities. Construction of this road was completed with the first coal truck making its first trip in October 2004. This paper will look at the original mining assumptions, the actual mining experiences and the lessons that were learned while moving from the drawing board to the current development as it exists today.
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