VANCOUVER, Aug. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Today the Minister for Energy and Mines
for the Government of the Province of British Columbia, The Honourable
Bill Bennett, joined with Anglo American's Chief Executive, Mark
Cutifani and Metallurgical Coal Chief Executive Officer, Seamus French,
to turn the first sod on the first phase of the Trend-Roman project, an
open cut expansion for Trend mine near Tumbler Ridge in north-east
Also in attendance were First Nations partners and government officials
to celebrate construction starting on the project's water management
infrastructure, which follows the Government of British Columbia
granting the Mines Act Permit Amendment (MAPA) for the project on 7
Visiting the Canadian coal operations for the first time since his
appointment as Anglo American's Chief Executive, Mark Cutifani said the
Trend-Roman expansion project would extend the life of the existing
Trend operation by 16 years while introducing the most innovative
environmental protection strategies ever seen in the region.
"The approval of the Roman project's first phase is an important
milestone in our strategic plans to grow our metallurgical coal output
in Canada, with the completed expansion producing up to 2.5 million
tonnes of metallurgical coal per year and employing up to 450 people,"
Mr Cutifani said.
"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 addition to this, we will contribute $2.566 million towards the
Government of British Columbia's Peace Northern Caribou Plan.
"In another first, we will soon begin construction on the only selenium
water treatment facility in the north-east of British Columbia," Mr
Seamus French said detailed design was well underway on a mine plan that
would secure the future employment of the existing Trend workforce and
provide opportunities to First Nation community members and the Tumbler
"When we acquired 100 per cent of the Peace River operation in late
2011, a major attraction for Anglo American was the potential to unlock
additional resources through future mine developments," Mr French said.
"At the same time, we have lifted productivity at Trend mine, increasing
production by more than 50 per cent and delivering the best half year
production ever seen in the first six months of 2013.
"We will approach the Trend-Roman project with the same dedication and
discipline, ensuring the investment delivers significant returns to our
shareholders and sustainable value to our neighbouring community," Mr
"The Government of British Columbia, First Nations and our local
communities have demonstrated their confidence in our ability to
deliver the Trend-Roman project by granting us this permit. In response
we have started construction immediately to ensure the benefits and
opportunities are shared," he said.
Anglo American has entered into, and is also finalising, economic
benefit agreements with the West Moberly First Nation, McLeod Lake
Indian Band, Halfway River First Nations and Saulteau First Nations.
Anglo American expects the second phase of the project to be permitted
by the end of 2013 and to complete the Roman expansion by the first
quarter of 2014.
Notes to editors:
Anglo American is one of the world's largest mining companies, is
headquartered in the UK and listed on the London and Johannesburg stock
exchanges. Our portfolio of mining businesses meets our customers'
changing needs and spans bulk commodities - iron ore and manganese,
metallurgical coal and thermal coal; base metals and minerals - copper,
nickel, niobium and phosphates; and precious metals and minerals - in
which we are a global leader in both platinum and diamonds. At Anglo
American, we are committed to working together with our stakeholders
- our investors, our partners and our employees - to create sustainable
value that makes a real difference, while upholding the highest
standards of safety and responsibility across all our businesses and
geographies. The company's mining operations, pipeline of growth
projects and exploration activities span southern Africa, South
America, Australia, North America, Asia and Europe.
SOURCE: Anglo American
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