Coal reserves and Resources

Table 1. Reserves and resources as of December 31, 2015

Resources Volumes

Ultimate in-place resources

2,000 billion tonnes (gigatonnes)

Initial in-place resources

93.7 billion tonnes

Initial reserves

34.8 billion tonnes

Cumulative production

1.63 billion tonnes

Remaining reserves

32.2 billion tonnes

Table 2. 2016 raw coal production

Resources Volumes

Total production

26.3 million tonnes

Subbituminous coal

22.3 million tonnes

Bituminous coal

4.0 million tonnes

Royalty collected

As of January 2017, the Province had collected $20.7 million in royalties on Province-owned coal produced in 2016.

Crown coal leasing

As of July 19, 2017, crown coal leasing involved:

  • 957 agreements
  • 476,258 hectares

More production information

T26 Alberta Coal Industry Monthly Statistics, provided by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), has more detailed information on annual production by:

  • month
  • type of coal
  • raw versus clean coal
  • mine
  • product sale and disposition

The AER also supplies:

  • ST98 Alberta‚Äôs Energy Reserves and Supply/Demand Outlook
  • Coal mine map, showing the locations of coal mines, and exploratory and experimental excavations, which are currently operating in Alberta or have operated in the past.
  • Products and services catalogue has a number of coal resources, please check to see if there is a charge.

Annual reports and maps

Coal and Mineral Development Annual Reports, from the Coal and Mineral Development Branch, provide a yearly overview of coal, metallic and industrial mineral activity in Alberta.

Interactive maps, the interactive coal map shows dispositions or agreements.


Connect with the Coal and Mineral Development Unit:

Hours: 8:15 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-7707
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]


Alberta Energy
Coal and Mineral Development Unit
North Petroleum Plaza
9945 108 Street *
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2G6

* Couriers, please report to the 2nd floor.

Calgary (drop-off location only)

Alberta Energy
300, 801 6 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 3W2

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