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For Immediate Release
Aug. 15, 2013
Ministry of Energy and Mines
and Responsible for Core Review
Roman Mine starts construction
TUMBLER RIDGE - Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister
Responsible for Core Review, met with local mining workers and the Global
and Business Group CEO's of Anglo American plc Mining Group today to
celebrate the start of construction of the Roman Mine project in Tumbler
Roman Mine, adjacent to the existing Trend Mine, received a Mines Act
permit Aug. 7, 2013, to commence with Phase One construction. As well,
the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations approved a
Licence of Occupation under the Land Act and a Licence to Cut Amendment
under the Forest Act, both required for the mine to move forward with
The $200-million project plans to start full production sometime in 2014.
Both properties are owned by Peace River Coal, a subsidiary of Anglo
American plc, one of the world's largest mining companies.
The mine will have an annual production capacity of two million to four
million tonnes of metallurgical coal and will maintain 450 full-time jobs
and provide an additional 100 jobs for construction over the anticipated
16-year mine life. The Trend Mine, which is adjacent to Roman, maintains
its full complement of employees and will handle the coal processing from
the new mine.
In addition, Peace River Coal worked with government staff to identify
and secure 1,852 hectares of core caribou habitat for protection and will
provide $2.5 million toward the Province's Peace Northern Caribou Plan.
Peace River Coal also is in the process of finalizing economic benefit
agreements with West Moberly First Nations, McLeod Lake Indian Band,
Halfway River First Nations and Saulteau First Nations.
Mineral exploration and mining are important economic drivers for British
Columbia. The production value of B.C.'s mining industry was
approximately $8.3 billion in 2012. Since the BC Jobs Plan, the Province
has seen one new mine begin production and six more, including Roman,
under construction or permitted. The BC Jobs Plan goal is to open eight
new mines and expand nine others in British Columbia by 2015.
Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for
Core Review -
"It's great to see the economic success that B.C.'s mining industry is
bringing to the Tumbler Ridge area. The jobs this mine will create will
support families and help build strong communities for many years to
"Keeping our economy growing is our government's number-one priority and
B.C. continues to be recognized as a global force in the mining
Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
"As B.C.'s 'one land manager', my ministry is committed to natural
resource development. In the past it would have taken up to 310 days to
complete the permitting requirements for this type of project. Today, by
developing a more effective review process, the Roman Mine project was
approved in approximately 120 days, allowing the company to create local
Mike Bernier, MLA for Peace River South -
"Roman Mine will bring hundreds of jobs to Tumbler Ridge, and Peace River
Coal is doing its part to protect caribou populations and ensure First
Nations groups share in the economic benefits of the mine. This is a
great project for our region, and I look forward to seeing construction
Mark Cutifani, CEO, Anglo American plc -
"As a company committed to maintaining the highest standards of
environmental protection, we are proud to be the first company in British
Columbia to take the unprecedented step to set aside 1,852 hectares of
our tenures to protect caribou habitat."
* In 2012, more than 30,000 people were employed in mining, mineral
exploration and related sectors, this is in significant growth since 2001
when only 14,700 people were employed in mining.
* As committed in the BC Jobs Plan, eight new mines will open and nine
will be expanded by 2015. This will result in:
o An increase in annual mine-operation revenue by $1.6 billion.
o Approximately 2,000 jobs during construction.
o 2,000 new direct jobs and 3,000 indirect jobs during the operating life
of the mine.
o Sustain 12,500 existing jobs (5,000 direct and 7,500 indirect).
o Over $150 million annually in government revenue.
* British Columbia already is more than halfway toward achieving the BC
Jobs Plan goals.
To learn more about the BC Jobs Plan, visit: www.bcjobsplan.ca/
Ministry of Energy and Mines and Responsible for Core Review
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