“Anglo American remains committed to Peace River over the long term and the development of its new Roman mine and will complete all preparation works for Roman prior to the care and maintenance period,” the company said.
Anglo American Coal CEO Seamus French said significant reductions in operating costs and reduced mining activity had failed to offset the impact of a weakening metallurgical coal price.
“As a result, we have been forced to take further action in response to the weak market conditions, so that we can preserve the long-term future of the operations,” he said.
"We will ensure that the operations can be restarted as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible when the market improves.
“Our immediate priorities are to provide the support to our employees that they need at this difficult time and to stay focused on a safe transition to care and maintenance by year-end.
"Anglo American sees significant long-term growth potential in the northeast of British Columbia and Peace River remains an attractive asset within our coal portfolio."