UK's Hargreaves gets new surface coal mine approval
London, 9 August (Argus) — UK coal producer Hargreaves has received approval to extract 130,000t from the Well Hill surface mine near Morpeth, Northumberland.
The Northumberland County Council granted planning permission for the proposal, which allows for the production of coal over two years.
“Although Well Hill is a small project, we are delighted to gain consent for our first site in Northumberland and to start to build on our success with the Tower project in South Wales,” chief executive Gordon Banham said.
Hargreaves' Tower colliery in south Wales reached full production of around 20,000 t/week in June, and the firm expects to mine a total of 6mn t over six years.
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