2017 Monthly Coal Supply and Disposition Survey

Reporting Guide

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This guide is designed to assist you as you complete the 2017 Monthly Coal Supply and Disposition Survey.

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A – Reporting instructions

This questionnaire is to be completed and returned within 10 days to Statistics Canada, Operations and Integration Division, 150 Tunney's Pasture Driveway, Ottawa, ON K1A 0T6. If you require assistance in the completion of this questionnaire or have any questions regarding this survey, please contact us: Telephone: 1-877-604-7828 or TTY: 1-855-382-7745.

  • Please print in ink.
  • Report all dollar amounts in thousands of Canadian dollars ('000).
  • Exclude sales tax.
  • Percentages should be rounded to whole numbers.
  • Do not report in decimals. Round all values to the nearest whole number.
  • Report volumes (quantity) in metric tonnes.
  • When precise figures are not available, please provide your best estimates.
  • Consult the reporting guide at www.statcan.gc.ca/guides-e for further information.

B – Business or organization and contact information

Please verify or provide this business or organization's legal and operating name along with the contact information of this designated business or organization's personnel for this questionnaire.

If this business is currently in operation, select "operational" in question 3 and proceed to question 4 on page 6 in relation to this business's main activity. However, if this business is not in operation, please indicate why and answer the applicable questions (pages 4 & 5).

C - Characteristics:

D - Production of raw coal from mining operations (Question 1)

  • Report the volume of gross coal mined in underground run-of-mine production (underground facilities), gross coal mined in surface run-of-mine production (surface facilities), coal sent to discard heap (coal discarded as unusable from amount mined such as underground and surface production) and coal reclaimed (coal usable from discard heap or tailing ponds).
  • Report the total sum for the net production of raw coal from mining operations (that is, underground and surface run-of-mine production).

E - Raw coal imported from foreign countries (Questions 2, 3 & 4)

  • Question 2: Indicate if this business imported raw coal from foreign countries for processing at the mine's preparation plant.
  • If "yes", then go to question 3.
  • If "no", then go to question 5.
  • Question 3: Report the volume of raw coal imported from foreign countries (internationally) that is to be processed at the preparation plant specified.
  • Question 4: Report for each appropriate country, the volume of raw coal imported for processing at the mine's preparation plant.
  • Report the total sum for the volume of raw coal imported from foreign countries; this value should balance with the answer from question 3.

F - Raw coal purchased or received from Canadian (domestic) companies (Questions 5, 6 & 7)

  • Question 5: Indicate if this business purchased or received raw coal from Canadian domestic companies for processing at the mines preparation plant.
  • If "yes", then go to question 6.
  • If "no", then go to question 8.
  • Question 6: Report the volume of raw coal purchased or received from Canadian domestic companies (other Canadian companies) for processing at the mine's preparation plant.
  • Question 7: Report for each appropriate province or territory, the volume of raw coal purchased or received from Canadian domestic companies for processing at the mine's preparation plant.
  • Report the total sum for the volume of raw coal purchased or received from Canadian domestic companies; this value should balance with the answer from question 6.

G – Production of marketable coal (Question 8)

  • Report for preparation plant losses, the amount of raw coal lost during the production process at the plant (moisture, debris, etc.); marketable raw coal, the amount of marketable raw coal from production operations used for the company's own use (e.g. boilers); marketable metallurgical coal, the amount of marketable metallurgical coal produced in the reference month; and marketable thermal coal, the medium quality coal obtained in preparation plants after removing the moisture and debris from bituminous coal. Please note that thermal coal is mostly used for electric power generation.

H – Coal imported from foreign countries for resale (Questions 9 & 10)

  • Question 9: Indicate if this business imported raw, metallurgical or thermal coal for the purpose of resale.
  • If "yes", then go to question 10.
  • If "no", then go to question 11.
  • Question 10: Report for each appropriate country, the volume of raw, metallurgical or thermal coal imported for the purpose of resale. Include receipt of raw coal at ports and delivery to end users by other suppliers on their behalf. Exclude raw coal imported for the purpose of processing at this business's own preparation plant.
  • Report the total volume of raw, metallurgical or thermal coal imported from foreign countries for resale.

I – Coal purchased or received from Canadian (domestic) companies for resale (Questions 11 & 12)

  • Question 11: Indicate if this business purchased or received raw, metallurgical or thermal coal from Canadian domestic companies for the purpose of resale.
  • If "yes", then go to question 12.
  • If "no", then go to question 13.
  • Question 12: Report for each appropriate province or territory, the volume of raw, metallurgical or thermal coal purchased or received for the purpose of resale. Include receipt of raw coal at ports and delivery to end users by other suppliers on their behalf. Exclude raw coal purchased or received for the purpose of processing at this business's own preparation plant. Exclude raw coal imported for the purpose of processing at this business's own preparation plant.
  • Report the total volume of raw, metallurgical or thermal coal purchased or received from Canadian domestic companies for resale.

J – Opening inventories of coal (Question 13)

  • Report the business's total opening inventories of raw, metallurgical and thermal coal at the end of the previous month for the following categories:
    • Located at the mine;
    • Shipments in transit (e.g. on railcars);
    • Stock-piled at ports (sum of all ports, Atlantic, Pacific and Great lakes).
  • Report the total opening inventory of raw, metallurgical and thermal coal.

K - Average calorific value (Question 14)

  • Report the net average calorific value of coal produced for raw, metallurgical and thermal coal, in megajoules per metric tonnes.
  • Average calorific value: It is the energy value of coal or the fuel content and is defined as the amount of potential energy in coal that can be converted into heating ability.
  • Metallurgical/coking coal: Bituminous coal with a quality that allows the production of a coke suitable to support a blast furnace charge. Its gross calorific value is equal to or greater than 24,000 kJ/kg on an ash-free but moist basis.
  • Thermal/Other bituminous coal: Coal mainly used for steam raising purposes and includes all bituminous coal that is not included under coking coal nor anthracite. It is characterized by higher volatile matter than anthracite (more than 10%) and lower carbon content (less than 90% fixed carbon). Its gross calorific value is equal to or greater than 24,000 kJ/kg on an ash-free but moist basis.
  • Raw coal includes lignite and sub-bituminous coal.
  • Lignite: Non-agglomerating coal with a gross calorific value less than 20,000 kJ/kg and greater than 31% volatile matter on a dry mineral matter free basis.
  • Sub-bituminous: Non-agglomerating coal with a gross calorific value equal to or greater than 20,000 kJ/kg and less than 24,000 kJ/kg containing more than 31% volatile matter on a dry mineral matter free basis.

L - Disposition of raw coal from mining operations (Questions 15 & 16)

  • Question 15: Indicate if this business used raw coal, other than for boilers, for its own use.
  • If "yes", then go to question 16.
  • If "no", then go to question 17.
  • Question 16: Report the volume and value of raw coal consumed by this business for its own use.

M - Raw coal sales by types of customer (Question 17)

  • Report for each appropriate province or territory, the volume and value of raw coal delivered or sold to different types of customers such as end users (electric power generation stations, coke plants, residential customers and other end users - steel plants, agriculture and farming, cement manufacturing, pulp and paper plants, etc.) and other producers or distributors (other coal producers or domestic companies such as wholesalers or distributors). Exclude exports to other countries.
  • Report the total volume and value of raw coal delivered or sold to different types of customers.

N - Export of raw coal to foreign countries (Questions 18 & 19)

  • Question 18: Indicate if this business exported raw coal to foreign countries.
  • If "yes", then go to question 19.
  • If "no", then go to question 20.
  • Question 19: Report for each appropriate country, the volume and value of raw coal exported during the reference month.
  • Report the total volume and value of raw coal exported to foreign countries.

O - Balancing raw coal supply and disposition (Questions 20 & 21)

  • Question 20: Report the raw coal breakdown of inventory from the following sources:
    • Located at the mine;
    • Shipments in transit (e.g. on railcars);
    • Stock-piled at all ports, including the sum of raw coal from the Atlantic, Pacific and Great Lakes ports.
  • Question 21: Report the net average calorific value of the total supply of raw coal sold (i.e. lignite or sub-bituminous) in megajoules per metric tonne.
  • Average calorific value: It is the energy value of coal or the fuel content and it is defined as the amount of potential energy in coal that can be converted into heating ability.
  • Lignite: Non-agglomerating coal with a gross calorific value less than 20,000 kJ/kg and greater than 31% volatile matter on a dry mineral free basis.
  • Sub-bituminous: Non-agglomerating coal with a gross calorific value equal to or greater than 20,000 kJ/kg and less than 24,000 kJ/kg containing more than 31% volatile matter on a dry mineral matter free basis.

P – Metallurgical coal – Company's own use (Questions 22 & 23)

  • Question 22: Indicate if this business used metallurgical coal for its own use.
  • If "yes", then go to question 23.
  • If "no", then go to question 24.
  • Question 23: Report the volume and value of metallurgical coal consumed by this business during the reference month for its own use.

Q – Metallurgical coal sales by types of customer (Question 24)

  • Report for each appropriate province or territory, the volume and value of metallurgical coal delivered or sold to different types of customers such as end users (electric power generation stations, coke plants, residential customers and other end users - steel plants, agriculture and farming, cement manufacturing, pulp and paper plants, etc.) and other producers or distributors (other coal producers or domestic companies such as wholesalers or distributors). Exclude exports to other countries.
  • Report the total volume and value of metallurgical coal delivered or sold to different types of customers.

R - Export of metallurgical coal to foreign countries (Questions 25 & 26)

  • Question 25: Indicate if this business exported metallurgical coal to foreign countries.
  • If "yes", then go to question 26.
  • If "no", then go to question 27.
  • Question 26: Report for each appropriate country, the volume and value of metallurgical coal exported during the reference month.
  • Report the total volume and value of metallurgical coal exported to foreign countries.

S - Balancing metallurgical coal supply and disposition (Questions 27 & 28)

  • Question 27: Report the metallurgical coal breakdown of inventory from the following sources:
    • Located at the mine;
    • Shipments in transit (e.g. on railcars);
    • Stock-piled at all ports, including the sum of metallurgical coal from the Atlantic, Pacific and Great Lakes ports.
  • Question 28: Report the net average calorific value of the total supply of metallurgical coal sold (i.e., bituminous / coking coal) in megajoules per metric tonne.
  • Average calorific value: It is the energy value of coal or the fuel content and it is defined as the amount of potential energy in coal that can be converted into heating ability.

T – Thermal coal – Company's own use (Questions 29 & 30)

  • Question 29: Indicate if this business used thermal coal for its own use.
  • If "yes", then go to question 30.
  • If "no", then go to question 31.
  • Question 30: Report the volume and value of thermal coal consumed by this business during the reference month for its own use.

U – Thermal coal sales by types of customer (Question 31)

  • Report for each appropriate province or territory, the volume and value of thermal coal delivered or sold to different types of customers such as end users (electric power generation stations, coke plants, residential customers and other end users - steel plants, agriculture and farming, cement manufacturing, pulp and paper plants, etc.) and other producers or distributors (other coal producers or domestic companies such as wholesalers or distributors). Exclude exports to other countries.
  • Report the total volume and value of thermal coal delivered or sold to different types of customers.

V - Export of thermal coal to foreign countries (Questions 32 & 33)

  • Question 32: Indicate if this business exported thermal coal to foreign countries.
  • If "yes", then go to question 33.
  • If "no", then go to question 34.
  • Question 33: Report for each appropriate country, the volume and value of thermal coal exported during the reference month.
  • Report the total volume and value of thermal coal exported to foreign countries.

W - Balancing thermal coal supply and disposition (Questions 34 & 35)

  • Question 34: Report the thermal coal breakdown of inventory from the following sources:
    • Located at the mine;
    • Shipments in transit (e.g. on railcars);
    • Stock piled at all ports, including the sum of thermal coal from the Atlantic, Pacific and Great Lakes ports.
  • Question 35: Report the net average calorific value of the total supply of thermal coal sold (i.e., bituminous) in megajoules per metric tonne.
  • Average calorific value: It is the energy value of coal or the fuel content and it is defined as the amount of potential energy in coal that can be converted into heating ability.

X – Changes and events that affected the business or organization

  • Please indicate any changes or events that may have affected the reported values for this business compared to the last reporting period. Select all that apply.

Y - Contact person

  • Name of person to contact about this questionnaire.

Z - Feedback

  • We invite respondent comments regarding the survey and subject matter. Please be assured that we review all comments with the intent of improving the survey.

Thank you for your participation.

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