Anglo American receives Environmental Assessment Certificate for Roman Project
Trent Ernst, Editor
The Trend mine is expanding, thanks to the BC Government approving an Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) for Anglo American.
The new expansion has the potential to produce up to four million tonnes of metallurgical coal per year and employ up to 450 people over its estimated 16 year mine life.
Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal Chief Executive Officer Seamus French said Anglo American would invest over 200 million to develop the Roman project over the mine’s lifespan.
“We see tremendous opportunity in the Roman resource and plan to build on the success of the existing Trend operation, which has gone from strength to strength since Anglo American’s 100 percent acquisition in October 2011, including production increasing by 50 percent,” says French.
“A comprehensive environmental management plan has been developed for the project and we look forward to progressing with our detailed mine plan. We will create many synergies with the current Trend mine and once operational, the Roman project will be fully integrated and utilize as much of the existing equipment and infrastructure as possible,” he says.
Additional plant capacity and mining equipment will be required in order to achieve and sustain maximum production.Once the mine plan is complete, Anglo American will apply for a Mines Act Permit Amendment.
With the current discussion over foreign workers, French says that Anglo American’s first priority is to provide local employment. “Anglo American remains committed to providing employment opportunities for local and First Nations community members. We will increase recruitment in the northeast of BC, particularly for those people from communities closest to the mine, while retaining our employees at Trend.”
Construction is expected to begin as soon as the permitting process allows it. Project delivery timings for Roman will be staged to match the current market conditions.