Fording River Extension Project

Teck Coal Limited is proposing to extend the life of its existing Fording River Operations, a metallurgical coal mine located approximately 29 kilometres north of Elkford, British Columbia. As proposed, the Fording River Extension Project would include project-specific components such as an open pit, waste-rock storage areas, warehouses, maintenance and fueling facilities, access roads, and linkages to Fording River Operations' power and utilities. The Fording River Extension Project would maintain the production capacity of 10 million tonnes per year (27,400 tonnes per day). Although the exact mine life is currently unknown, it is expected to be several decades.

Please note that this project was formerly known as the Castle Project.

Latest update

September 11, 2021 — The participant funding application period is closed. The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is reviewing the funding applications.


November 20, 2020 — The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada suspended the timeline on November 19, 2020, at the request of the proponent.

At a glance

1. Planning

Time limit suspension

The time limit for the impact assessment process was suspended on November 19, 2020 at the request of the proponent and the number of days will not advance.

1. Planning

In progress 37/180 days

Key documents

Comment periods

2. Impact Statement

2. Impact Statement

Not started 0/1095 days
3. Impact Assessment

3. Impact Assessment

Not started 0/300 days
4. Decision Making

4. Decision Making

Not started 0/30 days
5. Post Decision

Post Decision phase is an ongoing process

The project is expected to begin as federal authorizations are issued and other compliance requirements are met.

5. Post Decision

Not started



Fording River Extension Project
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
210A - 757 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3M2
Telephone: 604-666-2431

  • Location

    • Elkford (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Mines and Minerals
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Teck Coal Limited
  • Authorities

    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Planning Phase for Impact Assessment
  • Reference Number


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