The Importance of Mining in Alberta

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Alberta may be known for its oil, but we run on coal. Coal produces 55 percent of the energy we use every day and is one of Alberta’s top commodities. In order to acquire enough coal to keep the province running, Alberta relies heavily on mining. The Alberta mining industry focuses mainly on the oil sands and coal, though the recent heavy downturn in oil prices means that oil sands production has significantly slowed. However, the coal mining industry in Alberta continues to remain strong. According to the Coal Association of Canada, Alberta produced 28.3 Metric tons of coal in 2012, second only to British Columbia which produced 28.8 Metric tons. Though we use a fair amount of it within Canada in order to meet increasing consumer demands for energy, the Canadian coal industry also exports a significant amount of its high quality steel-making coal coal to Asia. Exports of coal to Asia accounted for 73% of total coal exports in 2010.

Alberta boasts 11 coal and oil sands mines, and the minerals industry (excluding oil and gas) directly employs at least 10,000 people in Alberta. In order to keep this expansive industry going coal mining companies turn to MaXfield for custom manufacturing to help them meet their production needs. MaXfield is known throughout Western Canada for our high quality covered conveyor systems as well as our custom designed and fabricated structures that are used in both coal and potash mining operations. MaXfield’s ability to design, fabricate and package custom equipment allows us to offer our customers convenience and accountability.

You can always count on MaXfield:

  • To understand our customer’s wants and needs
  • To use top quality materials and offer unparalleled workmanship
  • To take a design from the concept stage to a finished, custom solution
  • To employ an honest and straightforward attitude
  • To place safety above all else
  • To have an up-to-date understanding of all the codes, regulations and certifications related to your project
  • To have a fast turn around so that we can keep your downtime to a minimum
  • To get the project done right the first time

Upholding our promises to our customers is what has made MaXfield western Canada’s top choice for customized equipment in many industries including the Alberta mining industry.

For more information on the coal and oil sands mining equipment we produce, or to request a quote, contact us today at 403.258.3680 and visit

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