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September 2, 2013
Work starts on $200 million mine in British Columbia
Anglo American plc Mining Group has started construction of a $200 million Roman Mine project near Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia.
“As B.C.’s ‘one land manager’, my ministry is committed to natural resource development,” said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
“In the past it would have taken up to 310 days to complete the permitting requirements for this type of project. Today, by developing a more effective review process, the Roman Mine project was approved in approximately 120 days, allowing the company to create local jobs faster.”
Roman Mine recently received a Mines Act permit to commence with Phase One construction. In addition, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations approved a Licence of Occupation under the Land Act and a Licence to Cut Amendment under the Forest Act, which were both required for the mine to move forward with Phase One.
The proposed project is a 499-hectare expansion of the existing Trend Mine. The components include:
Three linear open pits. Waste rock dumps (with some backfilling into Trend pits).
A network of mine access and haul roads tying into the existing Trend Mine access route.
Water management structures (sedimentation ponds and collection ditches). An in-pit tailings management facility. Selenium, sulphate and nitrate treatment facilities.
A new coal processing plant for both the proposed Roman Mine and the Trend Mine.
The $200 million project will be constructed on provincial Crown land and have an annual production capacity of two million to four million tonnes of metallurgical coal and will maintain 450 full-time jobs over the anticipated 16-year mine life.
About 100 jobs will be generated during construction, which is scheduled for completion in 2014.
The Trend Mine, which is adjacent to Roman, maintains its full complement of employees and will handle the coal processing from the new mine.
Both properties are owned by Peace River Coal, a subsidiary of Anglo American plc, one of the world’s largest mining companies.
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