Mine firm holding drop-in sessions for west Cumbrian proposals
Published at 15:51, Monday, 07 July 2014
Two drop-in sessions detailing plans to open a new coal mine in west Cumbria will be held next week.
The Whitehaven Coking Coal Project aims to open a new mine and extract high-value coking coal for use in the steel industry.
The firm behind the plan, West Cumbria Mining Ltd, says the scheme would create up to 500 jobs.
Company managers will be at the events - at The Beacon, Whitehaven, on July 15 and the Old College Hall at the Priory Church, St Bees, on July 16 - to discuss the proposals and answer questions. Both sessions run from 3pm to 8.30pm.
The new mine would be offshore with the headworks between Whitehaven and St Bees.
Chief executive Mark Kirkbride said: "We are aiming to develop a mine that would produce around two to three million tonnes of coking coal per year, which is equivalent to around half of the amount used in the UK steel industry."
Some onshore test drilling will take place during the next few months to test the quality of the coal.
Landowners will be approached to identify possible borehole sites. There are likely to be four in total and each one will be in place for about two weeks.
Work on data analysis and environmental and social studies will also begin.
West Cumbria Mining has an initial website here www.westcumbriamining.com
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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