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CN Resumes Unit Train Coal Service to Wolverine Mine in Northern B.C.

Wolverine Mine opens

CN Resumes Unit Train Coal Service to Wolverine Mine in Northern B.C.

Conuma Coal Resources and CN today marked the resumption of direct rail service to the Wolverine Mine in northern British Columbia, completing the revitalization of a West Coast Canadian coal supply chain.

Closed in 2014 as global commodity prices dropped, Wolverine Mine – and the rail line that serviced it - remained idle for years. But as coal market’s rebounded, Conuma purchased and reopened the mine in 2016, bringing back more than 200 local jobs in the process.

Since then, coal has been moving via transload, as CN worked to complete capital investments to upgrade its Tumbler Subdivision and ultimately restore rail service along the rail line to Wolverine Mine.

With trains again moving directly to Wolverine, Conuma Coal and CN have created a highly competitive Canadian west coast coal supply chain running from near Tumbler Ridge to Ridley Terminals at the Port of Prince Rupert.

"Conuma Coal's development over the last 10 months has been a testament to the strength of partnerships. Uniting communities, First Nations, local businesses, CN railroad, government, and investors in a long-term business plan is proving to be a win-win for BC's North-East region. The six-month Tumbler Ridge rail rehabilitation project completed by CN and its crews will once again allow Conuma's Wolverine coking coal to reach markets worldwide. The project was completed on the timetable originally outlined between Conuma and CN in January, and we thank CN and the crews responsible for the rehabilitation work for the timely completion and cooperation in bringing the project to a successful conclusion. Conuma has made a significant investment not only in the existing operations at Brule, Wolverine and Willow Creek, but in the Tumbler Ridge submain as well. We hope that this investment pays dividends for Conuma and its 550 employees and the thousands of local jobs created and supported by our coal operations, for the community of Tumbler Ridge, and for CN for years to come," said Mark Bartkoski, President Conuma Coal Resources.

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