NEW YORK Diversified mining company Anglo American Plc has started work on the first phase of the Trend-Roman coal expansion project near Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, according to local media reports.
The Trend-Roman Mine produces hard coking coal and the expansion is expected to extend the life of the Trend operation by 16 years, the London-based company said.
Anglo has begun construction on the projects water management infrastructure, which the British Columbia provincial government approved in early August.
"The approval of the Roman projects first phase is an important milestone in our strategic plans to grow our metallurgical coal output in Canada, with the completed expansion producing up to 2.5 million (tonnes per year) of metallurgical coal and employing up to 450 people," Anglo American chief executive officer Mark Cutifani said.
The company expects to receive the permit for the second phase of the project by the end of 2013 and to complete the expansion by the first quarter of 2014.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.