Coal

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Coal

Coal Mining

Canada exports $8.7 billion worth of coal and solid fuels manufactured from coal, according to StatsCan. Canada holds the world's fifth largest natural reserve of coal -- behind Russia, the United States, China and Australia -- and at current levels of production, its reserves equate to roughly a 100-year supply, according to The Canadian Encyclopedia. At around 10 billion tons, Canadian reserves make up 4% of the world's natural reserves, and Canada exported nearly 33 million tons of its coal in 2010, 73% of which went to Asia.

The four companies responsible for nearly all of the coal production in Canada, three are domestic: Teck Resources (TCK), Walter Energy (WLT), and Grande Cache Coal (GCE.TO). The fourth is London-based Anglo American's (AAL.L) subsidiary Peace River Coal.

Thousands of products are made with coal or coal by-products, including aspirins, soap, dyes, solvents, plastics, and fibers such as rayon or nylon. Coal is an important ingredient in production of products that require activated carbon, carbon fiber or silicon metal. Activated carbon is an essential ingredient in the production of air purification and water filters as well as kidney dialysis machines

Processing/Extracting Companies

Location of Coal

Products Made With Coal

Where Does Our Coal Go?

Japan sought to further diversify their sources of supply. This led to more expansion of the Canadian coal industry in the 1970s and early 1980s. New mines opened, and new rail and port facilities were constructed. In 2010, 73% of Canadas coal went to Asia.

Job Opprotunities

Due to Canadas success in the coal industry there are many jobs available realated to coal such as mining, extracting and producing

COALOne of Canadas Top Exports


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