Coal mining comes back to the UK with $218 million project

West Cumbria Mining plans to open the country’s first new deep coal mine next to the site of the former Hag colliery (pictured here) in Whitehaven, which closed down three decades ago. (Image courtesy of UK Mining Remains.)

A new £165 million (about $218 million) coal mine, Woodhouse Colliery, has been unanimously approved by councillors in the county of Cumbria, in northwest England. The mine promises hundreds of jobs, but also protests by environmental activists.

West Cumbria Mining plans to open the country’s first new deep coal mine next to the site of the former Hag colliery in Whitehaven, which closed down three decades ago.

The Woodhouse Colliery is set to create 500 jobs, but opponents say it will also contribute to global warming, Gizmodo reports.

Once Woodhouse Colliery begins operations, West Cumbria plans to extract and process around 2.5 million tonnes of metallurgical coal a year, for five decades, to supply UK and European steel-making coal plants. These currently import around 45 million tonnes from the USA, Canada, Russia and Australia annually.

The last deep mine in the UK, Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire, shut in 2015.

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