Pearson Coal Petrography

Fingerprinting your coals, cokes, and carbons

Company Profile

Pearson Coal Petrography provides microscopic evaluations  of  coking coals, steam coals, metallurgical cokes, and carbons, from state-of-the-art laboratories located in Canada, the United States, and Australia.

The Victoria laboratory, in British Columbia, opened in 1981 to service the coal mines in the Rocky Mountains of western Canada. In February 1998, we opened our first US laboratory, in South Holland, Illinois. This was followed in May 2005, by our Catlettsburg laboratory, in Kentucky. Our newest laboratory which opened in January 2008, is located at the port of Mackay, in tropical central Queensland, Australia.


From the two U.S. locations, we provide automated petrographic technology to the world’s most advanced  heat-recovery coke oven batteries operated by SunCoke Energy: at Haverhill North Coke Company, in Franklin Furnace, Ohio;  at Indiana Harbor Coke Company, in East Chicago, Indiana; and to Middletown Coke Company in Middletown, Ohio.  Our laboratories analyze coking coals and blends that comprise more than 25% of the total US production of metallurgical coke.

Our South Holland laboratory is in south Chicago, not far from ArcelorMittal’s Indiana Harbor plant. Catlettsburg laboratory is located at Arch Coal Terminal, on the Big Sandy River, a major tributary of the Ohio River at Ashland, Kentucky. There, a major client is Standard Laboratories. Our Mackay laboratory, recently relocated to Harbour City Centre, on the way to the marina, is located close to the world’s largest coking coal terminals – Hay Point  and Dalrymple Bay, (approximately 85 Million Tonnes per year) on the edge of the Bowen Basin, Australia’s principal coking coal resource.

Our clients include:-

AK Steel ALS Global
Anglo Coal Australia Arcelor Mittal
BHP Billiton Innovation BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance Coal Operations Pty Ltd (BMA)
Grande Cache Coal Corporation Haverhill North Coke Company
Indiana Harbor Coke Company Norwest Corporation
Peace River Coal Inc. PT IOL Indonesia, Inspectorate
Rio Tinto Coal Australia
Standard Laboratories Stewart Mongolia, LLC
Teck Coal Limited Western Coal Corporation

Contact information:-

David E. Pearson & Associates Ltd., Pearson Coal Petrography Inc.,
#1-740 Discovery Street,
Victoria, British Columbia V8T 1H2
Phone:  778.433.2982
Fax:  778.433.2983

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16070 Vandustrial Lane,
South Holland, Illinois 60473
United States
Phone :  708.596.2151
Fax :  708.596.2157

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Pearson Petrographic Services Inc., Pearson Coal Petrography Pty Ltd.,
15998 US-23 South
Catlettsburg, KY 41129
United States
Phone :  606.931.0506 
Fax :  606.739.4245

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Unit B03, Harbour City Center,
216 Harbour Road,
North Mackay, Queensland 4740
Phone :  +61 (0)7 4951 0319
Fax :  +61 (0)7 4957 6519

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