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  • Highvale Mine – Wabamun, AB

    Highvale Mine – Wabamun, AB

    Quick facts:

    Location: Wabamun, AB
    Legacy Fuel: Coal
    Operator: Yes
    Completion: 2046

    Highvale Mine Decommissioning & Reclamation Plan and 10-year Renewal

    Active coal mining at TransAlta’s Highvale Mine ceased at the end of December 2021 with the end of coal-fired generation at the Keephills and Sundance power plants. Operations at the Highvale Mine shifted to full-time reclamation in January 2022 with plans to have the Highvale Mine fully reclaimed by 2046.

    TransAlta will be submitting under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (“EPEA”) a combined Decommissioning Plan and Final Reclamation Plan for the Highvale Mine to the Alberta Energy Regulator (“AER”) in June 2022. At the same time, TransAlta will file a 10-year Renewal for the Highvale Mine under EPEA, the Water Act and the Coal Conservation Act.

    Public Participation

    TransAlta values engagement with all participants and we welcome your involvement in the regulatory process for the combined Decommissioning Plan and Final Reclamation Plan integrated with the 10-year Renewal. Your participation helps TransAlta to understand desired end-land uses and to optimize the Highvale Mine reclamation plan where possible.

    TransAlta hosted a public open house on March 17, 2022. The open house display materials are in the reference documents section below.

    Reference documents

    Highvale Mine Decommissioning and Reclamation Plan
    AER Reclamation Fact Sheet
    Booth 1 Highvale Mine Overview
    Booth 1 Introduction & Reclaimed Land
    Booth 2 Highvale Mine Reclamation Plan
    Booth 2 Reclamation Process & Timeline
    Booth 3 Environmental Considerations
    Booth 3 Decommissioning & Environmental Considerations


    Phone: 1-877-636-7822

    Phone: 1-855-297-8311
    Concerns: see the AER’s website for information about statements of concern