The rebirth of Corbin— the Byron Creek Collieries story

Abstract A brief history of previous mining activity on Coal Mountain, near Corbin, British Columbia, is followed by a description of the steps leading up to the resumption of mining in 1974 by Byron Creek Collieries. New developments, including a preparation plant, a rail spur and a totally enclosed facility, as well as operating techniques, are also discussed.
Keywords: Coal mining, Corbin, Byron Creek Collieries, Coal Mountain, Marketing, Plant design, Geology, Mining methods, Open-pit mining, Preparation plants, Load-out facilities, Environmental control.
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Summary: An analysis of form-coking processes is presented in terms of their fundamental mode of operation and their relationship to other coking processes. Their possible future role in coke-making is assessed.
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): I.H. WARREN
Keywords: Coal technology, Coking coal, Formcoke, Blast-furnace coke, Metallurgical coke.
Issue: 813
Volume: 73
Year: 1980
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Summary: This paper describes mining conditions in the Kaiser surface and underground coal mines in the Spar-wood area of southeastern British Columbia. Mining methods are explained, major mining equipment is listed and production rates are given. Reclamation methods and results are described. Data are given on safety organization, safety practices, accident statistics, safety inspections and absenteeism.
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): G. K. LIVINGSTONE, the staff of Kaiser Resources Ltd.
Keywords: Coal mining, Kaiser Resources Ltd., Sparwood area, Balmer mines, Underground mining, Remote monitoring, Equipment, Open-pit mining, Safety programs, Reclamation, Hydraulic mining.
Issue: 813
Volume: 73
Year: 1980
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Summary: This paper gives the organizational history of Luscar Ltd. and its various coal producing operations. Each of the operations is then described individually. They include the Bienfait Mine, the Boundary Dam Mine, the Diplomat Mine, the Luscar Mine and the Coal Valley Mine. The company's plans for expansion are also discussed.
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): JOHN TRIBE
Keywords: Coal mining, Luscar Ltd., Bienfait Mine, Boundary Dam Mine, Diplomat Mine, Luscar Mine, Coal Valley Mine, Forrestburg Collieries Ltd., Cardinal River Coals Ltd.
Issue: 813
Volume: 73
Year: 1980
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Summary: The various elements of longwall mine design are reviewed, particularly as they apply to conditions in the coalfields of the Plains region of Alberta. The following recommendations are made: (1) optimum panel lengths of 1000 to 2000 metres; (2) face lengths of 100 to 150 metres; (3) the use of retreat methods; (4) the restriction of floor undulations to less than 15 degrees.
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): A.B. SZWILSKI
Keywords: Coal mining, Longwall mining, Plains coal, Alberta, Retreat mining, Rib pillars, Moscow Coal Basin, Lignite.
Issue: 813
Volume: 73
Year: 1980
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Summary: Coke is the most costly item in steelmak-ing via blast furnaces. Recent innovations in cokemaking have been directed toward reducing this cost while simultaneously improving coke quality and expanding the range of coals used in the process. It is also important to meet increasingly stringent environmental legislation.Improvements in coke quality have been achieved by novel blend selection procedures, by charge density control using both selective pulverization and partial briquetting, and by...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): J.C. BOTHAM, T.D. BROWN
Keywords: Cokemaking, Canadian Carbonization Research Association, Coal, Blast-furnace coke, Briquetting. Antifissurant additives, Charge density, Emission control, Heat recovery, bituminous coals.
Issue: 813
Volume: 73
Year: 1980
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Summary: Gamma-ray spectral logging, a useful technique for uranium exploration and evaluation, has generally been underutilized by the Canadian mining industry. Provided that the technique is properly applied, it is capable of yielding reliable quantitative information regarding the distribution of uranium and other radioelements along the borehole under most conditions.In practice, there are numerous factors which potentially can degrade the quality of the log and thus any quantitative interpretatio...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): J.G. CONAWAY, P.G. KILLEEN
Keywords: Exploration, Gamma-ray logging, Total-count logging, Spectral logging, Uranium exploration, Radioactive disequilibrium, Borehole logging.
Issue: 813
Volume: 73
Year: 1980
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Summary: Higher metal prices have resulted not only in increased exploration and production, but also increased activity in the purchase of mining properties and mines. This article discusses some of the basic income tax considerations to be taken into account on the disposal of an interest in a mining claim or an active mining operation. It notes the importance of an appropriate allocation of the purchase price amongst the various categories of assets, and discusses the tax implications to both...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): R. D. BROWN
Issue: 813
Volume: 73
Year: 1980
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Summary: Methods of extracting copper are evaluated in terms of innovations during the 1970's, and predictions to the end of this century are made. It is concluded that between one and two new smelters and refineries will be needed per year until the turn of the century, and that most of these smelters will be of the oxygen or oxygen-enriched flash furnace type. For converting, the Peirce-Smith converter will still predominate, but the Hoboken converter will play an increasingly important role. Five...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): W.G. DAVENPORT
Keywords: Smelting, Copper smelting, Extractive metallurgy, Converters, Pollution control, Hydrometallurgy, Scrap resmelting, Noranda process, Mitsubishi process, Top-blown rotary converters, KIVCET process, Energy consumption, Sulpher dioxide control.
Issue: 813
Volume: 73
Year: 1980
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Summary: Simulation techniques may be used to optimize existing processes and plant operations, and in plant design at the engineering study stage of a project. This paper describes the latter application, using a computer, to optimize the concentrate stockpile requirements of a modern copper smelter.A large open-pit mining operation is envisaged and it is assumed that copper concentrate is smelted in two flash furnaces. The proposed mining plan gives rise to metallurgical considerations in smelting...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): J. G. EACOTT, M. A. T. COCQUEREL
Keywords: Computers, Process control, Simulation, Stockpiles, Smelters, Copper smelters, Blending, Bed blending.
Issue: 813
Volume: 73
Year: 1980
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Summary: Western Canadian coking coals are located in the Rocky Mountains arid foothills of British Columbia and Alberta. They are typical of non-marine coals, characterized by total sulphur contents of less than one per cent and with ash contents of10-30 weight per cent. This mineral matter is composed principally of kaolinite and quartz.The petrographic compositions of most of the coking coals which constitute the 2.065 billion tonnes of British Columbia's measured reserves, and the compositions of...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): DAVID E. PEARSON
Keywords: Coal, Western Canada, Coking coal, British Columbia, Alberta, Keystone Group, Balmer Group, Moura Group, Pittston Group, Kellerman Group, Big Ben Group, Coal composition, Coal rank, Petrography.
Issue: 813
Volume: 73
Year: 1980
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