West Cumbria Mining is investing in developing plans for the creation of a metallurgical coal mine off the coast near Whitehaven in West Cumbria, NW England, to supply the European steel-making coal market, which currently imports around 45 million tonnes per annum.
Cumbria is an area rich in mining history and experience and we will be looking to harness this knowledge in a modern mine, which will have the benefits of first class levels of health and safety as well as a cleaner and more pleasant environment than the previous mines of Cumbria’s history.
Since 2014, we have been busy undertaking a programme of coal exploration, onshore and offshore, and have proven the presence of high quality steel-making coal with very attractive properties including extremely low ash and phosphorus. Further exploration and development needs to be carried out in 2017 and the results of this will determine details such as the design of the mine, method of extraction and processing of the coal itself.
It is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted in early 2017 which will include a consultation process to capture and respond to any responses and feedback. Your participation in this consultation process is invited so please do give us your comments.