“Based on our due diligence and technical analysis, Sukunka has the potential to be a high quality metallurgical coal mine. Once developed, Sukunka would meaningfully increase our exposure to hard coking coal, while unlocking synergies with our neighboring assets in the Peace River coalfield and providing additional regional scale,” said Xstrata Coal Chief Executive Peter Freyberg.

Norwest Corp. has completed a pre-feasibility study for a longwall mine producing hard coking coal. Xstrata Coal’s technical studies indicate the potential to realize further value from the resource.