Development and construction of a haul road network and earthworks for mine site preparation and pit development
In 2011, Coalmont Energy Corp. (CEC) initiated a plan to extract coal at the Basin Mine, southwest of Coalmont, BC. CEC planned to reopen the long-defunct coal mine with an upgraded aggregates processing plant, enhanced haul routes from the mine site directly to the Coquihalla Highway and then the export terminal, pit development, and the establishment of mining operations. The open pit coal mine had an anticipated yearly production of 500,000 tonnes of thermal coal.
The development of the Basin Mine had a capital cost of $30M. It began in 2011 and ended in the fall of 2013.
Scope of Work
Arthon provided the following construction services for the Basin Mine development:
- Haul road development including the construction of 14 km of new road and major upgrades to 41 km of existing roads
- Aggregates production
- Earthworks and site preparation for the processing plant and auxiliary structures
- Drilling and blasting
- Pit development
- Mining operations
- Aggregates hauling
The Basin Mine project involved collaboration with the Lower Nicola Indian Band and community support in the surrounding areas.