Trend Mountain Coal Project

The Trend Mine is located approximately 25 km south of Tumbler Ridge, BC. Mining began at Trend in December 2005. The mine is permitted to produce up to 2 million tonnes of coal per year, for approximately ten years.

About This Project

Peace River Coal (PRC) is a Limited Partnership wholly owned by Anglo American Plc. In addition to holding significant coal resources in western Canada, PRC conducts mining operations in the Tumbler Ridge area, located in the Peace River region in northeast British Columbia.

The Peace River coalfield, which extends for 400 km through the northeast part of British Columbia, was first discovered in 1793. Due to lack of infrastructure, mining in the early days was limited to small operations serving local needs. The expansion of steel production in the mid-1960s, led by the Japanese steel mills, stimulated exploration for metallurgical (coking) coal on a global scale. Within ten years, the majority of the land within the Peace River coalfield with coal mining potential had been acquired and explored by various mining and oil companies.

Coal licenses stretched almost unbroken for a distance of over 300 km, from the Alberta border in the southeast to north of the town of Hudson's Hope. The Quintette property was, for a long time, the largest property in this region. It hosted significant coal resources, including the Roman Mountain deposit and the Quintette-Trend area, now containing the Trend Mine.

The Trend Mine project is an open pit metallurgical mine located south of Tumbler Ridge, BC. The mine produces various grades of coal, which are exported from the northeast via CN rail. Recently, Peace River Coal and Ridley Terminals announced a new long-term agreement that will see coal from the mine moving through Prince Rupert, and on to Asian markets.

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Project Status

Estimate Investment
$250 Million

Estimated Project Start Date
Construction began in 2002 & mining began in December 2005

Estimated Completion Date

Project Partners


Proponent Contact

Robert Craike
General Manager
Anglo American
Tel: 604-699-6700

Economic Development Contact

Jordan Wall
Economic Development Officer
District of Tumbler Ridge
Tel: 250-242-4242

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