Montem Resources reveals plan to use Tent Mountain for pumped-hydro energy storage and hydrogen production

An Australian mining company that had proposed a major open-pit coal mine in southwestern Alberta now says it may want to build a “renewable energy complex” on the site instead.

Montem Resources had initially planned to develop an open-pit coal mine on Tent Mountain, just southwest of Crowsnest Pass, and was in the process of seeking regulatory approvals for the project.

But after the federal and provincial governments rejected a nearby mining proposal — Riversdale Resources’ Grassy Mountain project — Montem rethought its plans for Tent Mountain.

The company has now announced a new proposal to use the mountain’s favourable topography for pumped-hydro energy storage, powered by nearby wind turbines, along with a green hydrogen production facility.

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