Wolverine Mine Preps to Re-open
Tumbler Ridge, B.C. – In just a few days, the Wolverine Mine, 15 kms west of Tumbler Ridge will be reopening and that’s great news for the community of Tumbler Ridge.Now owned by Conuma Coal Resources, Wolverine will create 220 jobs.
Conuma Coal already has started the hiring process to fill the 220 jobs at the Wolverine mine site and is taking steps to transition the mine from care and maintenance back to production. Conuma Coal plans to have
the mine fully staffed and operating at full production levels by April 1, 2017. The company estimates it will produce 1.5 million tonnes of metallurgical coal annually from the Wolverine Mine.
“The opening of the Wolverine Mine by Conuma Coal is the best Christmas present Tumbler Ridge could have asked for,” said Tumbler Ridge Mayor Don McPherson. “We have had a tough three years, and this will put people
back to work and improve our economic outlook. Although we have diversified our economy, this town was built to service coal mining and we are glad to see it back. ”
Conuma Coal recently restarted the Brule mine as well, and the Ministry of Energy and Mines is also reviewing Conuma Coal’s proposal to possibly restart production at the Willow Creek Mine in July 2017.
Timing for the restart of the Willow Creek Mine is dependent upon Conuma Coal’s ability to complete the necessary work to satisfy all its permit requirements, as well as its internal planning work and decisions to proceed with the future operations expansion.