Tumbler Ridge mine reopening
The Quintette mine is reopening.
The provincial government gave the final green light late Thursday on the coal project near Tumbler Ridge, about 150 kilometres northeast of Prince George. Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett announced the final approval of the permit applications by Teck Resources Ltd., owners of the mine.
Teck Resources still has some corporate decision-making to do, but according to Bennett, if the project goes ahead as proposed it would inject $860 million into the facilities and operations, and part of that is an employment force of more than 500 new full-time jobs in the area.
Bennett said the reopening of Quintette, which previously operated from 1982 to 2000, required the partnership of the Saulteau First Nations, West Moberly First Nations, McLeod Lake Indian Band, Doig River First Nation, Halfway River First Nation and Prophet River First Nations.
Quintette is expected to yield three million metric tonnes of steel-making coal per year using an open pit mining method. Coal from this project will be shipped south to Prince George then west to Prince Rupert for shipping to overseas markets.
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