Wolverine up and running

MORE than 200 guests this month witnessed the official opening of Western Canadian Coal Corp’s Wolverine mine in British Columbia, Canada, as the company this week prepared to send off its second shipment of coal to Eastern Europe.
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Western canadian Coal's Wolverine coal stockpile and rail loadout August 2006.

Angie Tomlinson

Guests including federal, provincial and municipal government officials, First Nations representatives, customers, key suppliers, media and the general public toured the Wolverine mine during the official opening.

The 3 million tonne per annum preparation plant and facilities at Wolverine are the first of their kind built in Canada in more than 20 years.

The company’s permits currently allow for 2.4Mtpa production from the mine.

The first shipments of Wolverine coal destined for customers in the Indian subcontinent and Europe were shipped from Prince Rupert’s Ridley Terminals earlier this month and another 100,000t of coal are scheduled to load at the port this week, destined for a major steel mill in Eastern Europe.

Testing of coal samples from these vessels indicates that coal quality at the Wolverine Mine meets or exceeds the high expectations derived from earlier, pre-production tests conducted by steel mills worldwide.