Skip to main content

Skip to navigation

The access keys for this page are:

Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Information Circular 2013-02


British Columbia Coal Industry Overview 2012 


View Information Circular 2013-2 (PDF, 4.9 MB)


British Columbia’s coal industry was busy in 2012. Production tonnages, exploration expenditures, and tenure applications all reached record levels. The estimated total coal output was over 30 million tonnes, which accounted for about $5.1 billion of the $7.4 billion in production revenues from all mines in the province. Major markets for British Columbia coal include Asian countries, notably Japan, China, South Korea and India, and countries in South America and Europe. Looking forward, new mine proposals are being evaluated, and several port facilities are planning to increase export capacity.


This booklet provides a snapshot of the coal industry in British Columbia, including sections on trends, resources, mining, exploration, the tenure system, sources of information, and contacts in government and industry.


All publications of the BC Geological Survey are available digitally, free of charge, from this website.


For questions or more information on geology and minerals in British Columbia contact BCGS Mailbox or call toll free (BC Residents only)