It was previously operated from 1982 to 2000, and the company embarked on a feasibility study to re-open the mine, which was completed in the fall of 2012. 

Minister Bill Bennett announced today that it has received its Mines Act permit amendment, but the project is still subject to a final sanction decision by the company. 

“This is another important step towards achieving the mining goals we’ve set out in our B.C. Jobs Plan. Our government’s number-one priority is jobs and keeping our economy growing, and this permit approval is the next step towards ensuring that many more families will be supported by full-time, well-paying jobs in the province.” 

The open pit mine is expected to produce three million metric tonnes of steel-making coal to be shipped out of Prince Rupert to international markets. First coal production is expected in the first half of 2014. 

The $860 million project will create 500 full-time jobs in the Tumbler Ridge area.