Western Coal are based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They currently produce metallurgical coal from mines located in the northeast of British Columbia, both metallurgical and thermal coals from mines in West Virginia, and anthracite coal from a mine in South Wales (UK).
The coal properties in British Columbia have over 127 million tonnes of reserves and over 230 million tonnes of resources. The coal properties in West Virginia have over 47 million tons (short) of reserves and 92 million tons (short) of resources.
Western's BC mines are located on the following properties:
- Perry Creek Mine on the Wolverine property is a surface mine that has the potential to produce 3.5 Mt/a of hard coking coal.
- Brule Mine on the Brazion property is a surface mine that has the potential to produce 2.0 Mt/a.
- Willow Creek Mine on the Brazion property - acquired in April 2008 - is a surface mine that has the potential to produce 0.9 Mt/a of low-vol PCI and 0.6 Mt/a of hard coking coal.
Western also has a 50% joint venture interest in the Belcourt-Saxon properties. A Technical Report has been completed which indicates the properties can support production of at least 4.0 Mt/a.
The Company's West Virginia mines are:
- Maple Coal operates both surface and underground mines, which combined have the capacity to produce over 2 million short tons per year.
- Gauley Eagle operates both surface and underground mines, which combined have the capacity to produce 1.5 million short tons per year.
Western Coal's UK operations include:
The Aberpergwm underground coal mine, the Nant y Mynydd and Forest Quarry.
In August 2010 Western Canadian Coal purchased ten MP-5 licences to manage information from sites at Brule, Willow Creek and properties in the Wolverine Group.
Before implementation of MP-5 all data was managed in various spreadsheets. Prior to, and post, install a significant data transfer task was undertaken to import data in various file formats including PDF.
The system will be used for the management of a host of data including that related to water, air quality and weather data from dataloggers, analytical laboratories and field monitoring. Specific calculations have also been set up to create thresholds which vary depending for example on the hardness of the water. In this way hardness is automatically taken into account when an assessment of compliance is made.
In addition the client had also a range of reports already created in particular formats within Microsoft excel. They wanted to maintain these formats. We therefore created identical reports using Crystal reports that export the data direct to excel. The client will now have the ability to create these reports in a few mouse clicks rather than cutting and pasting from different workbooks and documents as was previously the case.