Donkin Export Coking Coal Project

Projects that were undergoing a comprehensive study at the time the provisions of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 came into force will continue to follow the requirements of the former Act. Under the former Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is responsible for conducting the comprehensive study of this project.

The proposed project consists of the construction, operation and decommissioning of an underground coal mine facility at the site of the existing Donkin Mine located on the northeastern tip of Cape-Breton in Nova Scotia. The mine would have a lifespan of 30 plus years and extract approximately 3.6 million tonnes of coal per year. The project also includes a coal handling and processing plant that would be constructed to produce coal ready for transfer to a new barge loading facility. The coal would be loaded onto a barge, moved by tug to a new transshipment location, and loaded into ocean going vessels.

The project includes all activities and physical works associated with the construction, operation and decommissioning of the proposed Donkin Export Coking Coal Project, including, but not limited to, the following activities and components:

  • underground coal mining;
  • a coal handling preparation plant with a dry disposal reject handling system;
  • ancillary services to support the underground mine and coal handling preparation plant, including a 138 kilovolt power line from Victoria Junction to the Project site;
  • coal and mineral rock waste disposal and water treatment infrastructure;
  • a barge load-out facility adjacent to the Donkin Peninsula to transport product coal to a transhipment mooring located southwest of Cape Morien; and
  • marine transportation from the barge load-out facility to the transhipment mooring.


Latest update

July 12, 2013 - The Decision of Responsible Authorities has been taken.



Regional Information Management Coordinator, Maritimes Region
Telephone: 902-426-3909

  • Location

    • Cape Breton (Nova Scotia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Mines and Minerals
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Xstrata Coal Donkin Management Limited
  • Authorities

    • Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Comprehensive study under CEAA 1992
  • Reference Number


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