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COAL MINING – Two producers in B.C. to expand

BRITISH COLUMBIA - Two of the province's newest coal producers have applied to increase production at their mines.



BRITISH COLUMBIA – Two of the province’s newest coal producers have applied to increase production at their mines.

With this year’s coal contracts settled at a price of US$100/tonne, Vancouver-based WESTERN CANADIAN COAL is making plans to expand. It has applied to the province for an increase in the annual output from its Dillon mine near Chetwynd. Western seeks to raise the production rate to 960,000 tonnes from 240,000 tonnes. The company is also working on environmental permitting for the adjacent Brule mine. News releases are posted at www.WesternCoal.com.

PINE VALLEY MINING, also of Vancouver, is seeking to boost annual production to 2.2 million tonnes from 900,000 tonnes at its Willow Creek coal mine near Chetwynd. The company is planning to sell between 1.4 million and 1.7 million tonnes of coal in the year beginning April 1, 2005. Visit www.PineValleyCoal.com.


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