Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Where is Conuma Resources based?

Headquartered in Tumbler Ridge, BC, Conuma operates three mine sites in Northeastern British Columbia in the Peace River Coalfield and has a corporate office in Vancouver. For full details see XXXXX

Are you a Canadian company?

Yes. Conuma Resources is a stand-alone Canadian company formed in mid-2016. A key value of our business is recruiting and hiring locally. Conuma’s success is a reflection of the success of our communities – a very high percentage of our workforce live in Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd.

Metallurgical Coal Mining

What is metallurgical coal?

Metallurgical coal is also known as “coking” coal. Coking coal is the feedstock for production of coke, which is itself the primary source of carbon in the process of steelmaking by the basic oxygen furnace method.

How is this different from thermal coal?

Metallurgical coal differs in use and application from “thermal” or “steaming” coal, which is consumed for energy and heating purposes and is differentiated by calorific content and other properties relating to emissions and by-products. Coking coal, on the other hand, is a chemical feedstock that differs according to rheological and petrographic qualities.

How is metallurgical coal graded? 

The “grade” of coal and its “caking” ability are determined by the rank of a particular coal – a measure of volatile matter and degree of metamorphism – as well as mineral impurities and the ability of the coal to melt, swell and re-solidify when heated. While “PCI” type coal is not often classified as a hard coking coal, it is employed as a source of energy in the BOF steelmaking process and the high carbon content is used to replace more expensive coke in some blast furnace operations.


What career opportunities exist?

To learn more about the benefits of joining the Conuma Coal team, see a list of available career opportunities, and learn how to apply to join our team please visit our careers page.

Do you provide training?

We’re passionate about getting our staff to where they want to be. Conuma understands maintaining a team of the right people with the right attitude is the most important asset of our business. With that said, we make every effort to provide training and cross-training where available and seek to work with our staff in helping them get to where they want to be within the company. In the past Conuma has supported limited sponsorship’s for returning to school, and accommodated for dramatic changes of career path for staff seeking a new challenge.

What towns do you recruit from?

While we welcome applications from all qualified individuals that are willing to work in Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd, the vast weighting of our recruiting effort is focused on those already local to Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, Mackenzie and those interested in relocating to our three cities. Through experience we have found that applicants from the towns we operate in typically form longer term relationships with the company and provide extended benefit to the local economy.

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