How we mine the ingredients we need for steelmaking matters. In a world searching for solutions to environmental and social concerns, we are committed to producing high-quality steelmaking coal and reducing operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to help meet the demand for the building materials necessary to build a renewable future.
North Coal’s Michel Coal Project is an all-new, modern mine project, under development since 2013. North Coal will only produce high-quality steel-making coal, used as an ingredient in new steel production and never used for making energy.
Steel is the most widely used alloy in the world. From highways to household appliances, steel is everywhere in our lives. The steelmaking coal this project will produce is required to make the steel used in buildings (housing, offices, manufacturing, hospitals, schools), transport (trains, metros, stations, airports, ports, cars, roads, bridges, tunnels), and other infrastructure (power, renewable energy installations, transmission)—all of which are critical to our daily lives. Steelmaking coal is a catalyst for economic development and developing countries will continue to use new steel as they improve the quality of life of their people.
Global steel demand is expected to grow over multiple decades. Key drivers of this growth include global gross domestic product (GDP) growth, population growth, increasing quality of life, and the demand for energy and products in developing countries.
Steelmaking coal is mined in only a few global jurisdictions. Australia is by far the largest producer and exporter of steelmaking coal. British Columbia’s (BC) steelmaking coal production produces half the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as Australia offering a key competitive and global emissions advantage. BC steelmaking coal production is able to significantly reduce GHGs through our use of emissions-free hydroelectricity, a smaller fugitive seam release, and equipment advancements.