April 2021

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Producing Steelmaking Coal

A Critical Global Resource

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.

Canadian Steelmaking Coal

Being a Global Citizen

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.

BC steelmaking coal production has a significant advantage over
Australia’s production – half the greenhouse gas emissions.

The BC Mining and Carbon Pricing Report reported the production and transportation of BC steelmaking coal is estimated to result in 50% fewer GHG emissions than the production and transportation of steelmaking coal from Australia.

March 8, 2021 was International Women’s Day. North Coal celebrates this day and proud to have these leaders and talented women on our team.
L-R: Rachael Osborn – GIS and Project Lead; Novalee Reeves – Controller; Patty Vadnais – Manager Social Responsibility and External Relations; Abby Cousins – Senior Exploration Geologist

At North Coal, our overriding goal is to make positive social, economic, and environmental contributions within the communities where we operate and live.