Teck Fording River Castle Project

Teck is proposing an expansion of the existing Fording River Operations that will maintain the jobs and economic benefits generated by the operation. Fording River Operations currently produces steelmaking coal from existing permitted reserves, within the next few years, less economic coal will be available from existing permits.

The Castle Project area is adjacent to and south of the existing operations, and its extensive deposits of mineable steelmaking coal make it a convenient extension of the Fording River Operations. The Project will use existing equipment and infrastructure in order to minimize the footprint of the new activities.

Over time, Teck anticipates that all steelmaking coal for Fording River will come from the Castle Project area. This will extend the life of Fording River Operations by several decades, by the early 2030s, all steelmaking coal for Fording River would come from the Project.

The Castle Project is currently in the design stage. During this stage, Teck is defining specific aspects of the Project design using feedback gathered from local communities, Indigenous Peoples, and government agencies. New technologies and practises will be considered that can improve safety and help avoid or reduce environmental impacts.

The Castle Project is in the early engagement phase which includes a 45-day public comment period (May 8 to June 22, 2020). You can submit your comment here.

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Here are the remaining phases for Teck’s Castle expansion project:

Detailed Project Description
Considering feedback received to date, and the results of ongoing engineering and scientific studies, Teck will develop the detailed design of the Project.

Environmental Assessment
Specialist consultants will evaluate the environmental, social, economic, health, and heritage effects of the Castle Project, and ensure that management measures are in place to avoid or mitigate impacts.

Submit Application
The environmental assessment will be submitted to the EAO as part of Teck’s Draft Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate.

Application Review
The EAO will coordinate review of the draft Application including opportunities for public and Indigenous engagement. Teck will respond to comments and submit the final Application.

The Final Application, along with the EAO’s recommendation and list of conditions, will be provided to the Ministers for a decision on whether to approve the Castle Project.