Energy: Coal Mining

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th January 2008.

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Photo of Lord Mason of Barnsley Lord Mason of Barnsley Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many coal-mines are still mining coal in the United Kingdom; what are their names and regions; what is their total output; and how many coal-miners these mines employ.

Photo of Lord Jones of Birmingham Lord Jones of Birmingham Minister of State (also in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (also in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (also in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Minister of State (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Business and Regulatory Reform)

According to Coal Authority records, at the end of November 2007 there were seven large, two medium and nine small deep mines together with 33 surface mines producing coal or in development in the United Kingdom. A further five underground mines (one large and four small) and two surface mines were also under licence but on care and maintenance.

Details of the names, locations, forecast 2008 output and employment at the developing and producing mines is given in the table below.

Country Location Type Site Output (t) Manpower
England Bolton Surface Cutacre 450,000 54
Derbyshire Deep Eckington Colliery 20,000 26
Surface Oxcroft 15,000 12
Doncaster Deep Hatfield Colliery 1,000,000 309
Gloucestershire Deep Cannop Drift Mine 500 2
Deep Monument Colliery (Hayners Bailey) 500 3
Kirklees Deep Hay Royds Colliery 20,000 13
Surface Temple Quarry Developing 5
Lancashire Deep Hill Top Colliery Developing 1
Leicestershire Surface Long Moor Developing 50
North Yorkshire Deep Kellingley Colliery 2,100,000 732
Northumberland Surface Delhi 350,000 34
Surface Maiden's Hall Extension 300,000 114
Surface Steadsburn Developing 50
Surface Stobswood 400,000 157
Nottinghamshire Deep Thoresby Colliery 1,800,000 543
Deep Welbeck Colliery 1,200,000 484
Rotherham Deep Maltby Colliery 1,200,000 487
Shropshire Surface Caughley Quarry Extension Developing 5
Wakefield Surface Sharlston Colliery Reclamation 150,000 37
Warwickshire Deep Daw Mill Colliery 2,500,000 655
Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Surface Glenmuckloch 400,000 102
East Ayrshire Surface Chalmerston 550,000 145
Surface Greenburn Project 850,000 76
Surface Grievehill Site 300,000 37
Surface House of Water Developing 39
Surface Laigh Glenmuir Site 265,000 26
Surface Powharnal 600,000 122
Surface Skares Road 200,000 70
Surface Spireslack 150,000 38
Fife Surface Earlseat 250,000 41
Surface Greenbank (St Ninians) 600,000 69
Midlothian Surface Shewington 250,000 47
South Lanarkshire Surface Chapelhill Site 500,000 75
Surface Glentaggart 200,000 37
Surface Wilsontown 150,000 15
West Lothian Surface Polkemmet 50,000 80
Wales Carmarthenshire Surface Dynant Fawr 20,000 14
Merthyr Tydfil Surface Ffos-y-Fran Land Reclamation Scheme Developing 70
Neath Port Talbot Deep Aberpergwm Colliery 200,000 112
Surface Bwlch Ffos 10,000 17
Surface East Pit East Revised Developing 15
Deep Gleision Colliery Developing 4
Surface Margam Opencast 300,000 47
Deep Nant Hir No.2 Colliery 3,000 2
Surface Nant-y-Mynydd Site Developing 28
Surface Selar 450,000 95
Deep Unity Mine 200,000 43
Powys Surface Nant Helen 350,000 78
Rhondda Cynon Taff Deep Tower Colliery Closing Jan 08 227
Torfaen Deep Black Barn Colliery 5,000 6
Deep Blaentillery No.2 Colliery 5,000 8
Total 51 Total 18,364,000 5,558
Deep 18 16 Producing but 1 closing in Jan 08, 2 Developing 10,254,000 3,654
Surface 25 Producing, 8 Developing 8,110,000 1,904

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