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Teck’s Baldy Ridge extension
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Sparwood Mayor Cal McDougall, MLA Bill Bennett, Robin Sheremeta, Senior Vice President of Teck and Tom Shypitka, BC Liberal Candidate, gathered at the Causeway Bay Hotel on Friday for an update to the Baldy Ridge Extension Project.
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The Government of British Columbia has given Teck the green light to start work on the Baldy Ridge Extension Project, just outside of Sparwood.

Last week Sparwood Chamber hosted a luncheon for the announcement, with Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources, presenting.

The project ensures jobs now and well into the future for the approximately 1,000 people working at Teck’s Elkview operations.

“This is tremendous news for families and businesses in Sparwood, Elkford, Fernie and Cranbrook. This project provides economic certainty and employment opportunities in these communities for the next 30 years,” says MLA Bennett.

The Baldy Ridge project is an extension of the current Teck Elkview operations open-pit mine. Elkview produces steelmaking coal – also called metallurgical coal or coking coal. Teck estimates the Baldy Ridge project will extend the overall life of the Elkview mine until 2045.
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Major components of the Baldy Ridge project include mining steelmaking coal reserves in Baldy Ridge, Adit Ridge and Natal Ridge, development of water treatment measures as outlined in the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan and mine reclamation, closure and monitoring. The first steelmaking coal production from the areas included in the Baldy Ridge Extension project is planned for 2018.

Teck estimates that investment connected with this project will be approximately $60 million over five years. The project is estimated to generate a total GDP of $348 million as a result of construction, and $273 million in annual GDP over the course of operations. Teck projects that the extension will generate $213 million in annual average employment income in B.C. over the 29-year operations period.
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“This project is one of the most significant economic developments for our community and the entire region. We are a mining community and we want mining to continue. The Baldy Ridge Extension project guarantees a source of work in the region until 2045, which will impact the entire Elk Valley for years to come,” says Cal McDougall, Mayor of Sparwood.

To keep British Columbia's economy diverse, strong and growing, since September 2011 the BC Jobs Plan has been building on the strengths of the province’s most-competitive sectors utilizing B.C.’s educated and skilled workforce.
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