The deal, which includes more than 58 million tons, will now run through the end of 2029. The coal will originate at Westmoreland’s Poplar River surface mine in the south-central Saskatchewan town of Coronach.

The mine has been supplying coal to SaskPower’s Poplar River Generating Station since 1978.

“We are proud to continue to be the sole provider of fuel to SaskPower from both our Estevan and Poplar mines,” said President and COO John Schadan. “This 14-year extension is a reflection of our core objective of exceeding our customers’ expectations. On behalf of the Westmoreland team, I would like to thank SaskPower for demonstrating their commitment to Westmoreland.”

According to Westmoreland data, the two-pit Poplar River complex uses a pair of BE 2570W draglines to produce about 2.2 million metric tons (mt) annually.