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Donkin Coal Mine in Cape Breton Closing Permanently

Coal News - Published on Tue, 31 Mar 2020

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Kameron Collieries is closing Donkin Mine, leaving an estimated 150 people without a job. Kameron Collieries spokesperson Mr Paul McEachern confirmed “It will cease in production of coal. Mine will be maintained by a handful of staff. It’s not for sale. The decision to cease operations was only due to the adverse geologic conditions in the mine. “The geology is just very, very challenging. It’s not a decision they wanted and it’s not a decision they took lightly and it’s a decision they took a long, hard look at.”

Mr McEachern said the mine will not be sealed but maintained by the small staff to ventilate and keep the facility dewatered.

Although he didn’t have an exact total of staff employed there he described numbers as north of 100. He said “There will be a small staff kept on maintaining the basics of the mine, to ensure water is kept out of the mine, ventilation is kept operating and equipment on site is maintained.”

He added “I can definitively say though; the mine will not be producing coal. It’s basically in a period of suspended animation. There’s no suggestion at this point of a return to production.”

Donkin Mine timeline

In 2014 and early 2015, Cline Group LLC gained full control of the Donkin Mine after purchasing a 75 per cent majority stake in the operation from Glencore Xstrata PLC and 25 per cent interest from Morien Resources Corp.

Donkin Mine celebrated its first anniversary of coal production in February 2017.

As of the fall of 2019, Donkin Mine had an estimated 150 employees.

As of February 2020, there had been 12 roof falls reported at Donkin Mine since 2017.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 31 Mar 2020
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