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Coal Characteristics

Coal ProcessingCoal is the most abundant fossil fuel in the world, and is also by far the international fuel of choice for generating electricity. Population growth in developing countries will probably increase the need for this resource around the world.

Alberta has an advantage over many other coal-producing nations, like England and Germany, whose reserves are in more mature stages of development. Alberta's coal resources are widely distributed, have low production costs and are used in a number of domestic and international markets.

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