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Coal mining in UK are still being operated and planned

Coal News - Published on Fri, 27 Jul 2018

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Compelo reported that coal mining in the UK is due to end by 2025 but more than a dozen open-cast mines are still in operation with several more planned. Ms Dorothy Musariri looks at where they are based, what they bring to the economy and why they're still in operation

For decades, coal mining in the UK was the backbone of the economy and stimulated regions including the North of England, Midlands, Wales and Scotland by employing hundreds of thousands of people.

The closure of collieries from the 1970s onwards meant the industry collapsed, with figures by Statista showing the number of people employed in mining fell from one million in 1920 to 2,000 in 2015.

Britain’s last deep coal mine closed in December 2015 and the industry’s future looks all but over as the government ramps up plans for all coal-fired power stations to close by 2025.

But amid the dying gasps of the industry are a series of attempts to open new surface mines, which would add to more than a dozen still in operation.

A community in County Durham was braced for a new mine that began operating this week, despite vocal opposition.

Open-cast mines use a slightly different process to underground mining, which was more commonplace in the 20th century.

Surface mining doesn’t require the employees to work and live on mining camps for a long time, which is what’s expected when working underground.

It also involves taking minerals from the surface of the ground rather than the passages dug under it, making it a less hazardous working environment too.

Despite the transition towards renewable energy, coal remains a useful natural resource that is utilised in manufacturing, domestic heat generation, food and beverage production, chemicals production and electricity generation.

According to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, 14.5 million tonnes of coal was needed to satisfy demand in electricity generation last year.

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Posted By : Joykumar Irom on Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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