North Coal celebrates six years

North Coal celebrates six years
The small, but growing, team of North Coal celebrates six years of operations this May.

The project started in 2013 when CanAus was granted three coal licenses and began the Michel Coal Project. The company that changed its name to North Coal in 2017 has grown from two employees to 11.

Starting with a small team of two, North Coal has grown to a full-time staff of 11 and hires many seasonal employees for the summer season.

John Pumphrey and Novalee Reeves have been with the company from the beginning and at the sixth anniversary reminisced about the early days in a small office. The team now works out of a new building on the southwest side of Sparwood. The new office was built to accommodate the company’s growth in the coming years.

North Coal President John Pumphrey’s said at the sixth anniversary, “it is because of a great team this project and company have continued to be successful…I look forward to continued growth within our team and the successful development of our project in the coming years.”

Since 2014, North Coal has been completing environmental studies to build a solid baseline. The project is currently in the federal and provincial Environmental Assessment (EA) process. The process has input from the federal and provincial governments, the Ktunaxa, and local communities.

North Coal will apply international best standards to its project and take advantage of the latest mining innovation. It looks to begin mine construction in 2021 and steelmaking coal production in 2022.

The public is invited to contact North Coal for more information on the Michel Coal Project.