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How will materials be transported?

  • Minimising road transportation

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All material movements from site will be via the railway – no road lorries will be used at all – and a conveyor buried below the ground level will be used to transport all material from the mine to the train loader to minimise impact.

All product coal and rock will be brought to the process plant via the existing drifts and then, once processed, transported to the railway loading point in Pow Beck Valley, near Mirehouse, via an underground conveyor buried in a concrete box culvert which will help to avoid any visual, noise or dust issues between the mine site and train loading point, in recognition of the sensitivity of the area.

The train loading facility where the conveyor delivers the product to will appear as a wooden clad farm building.

All coal will be delivered by rail to Redcar Bulk Terminal, located in North Yorkshire, on the east
coast of England, and is part of the steelworks in Teesside. Many questions have been asked of the railway line capacity and its fitness for purpose – we are working closely with Network Rail and local schemes to ensure the WCM train movements fit into the existing requirements of the line, and it is upgraded and maintained as needed.

WCM will ensure it uses the latest design diesel locos (not the old Class 37’s seen more recently on the Whitehaven line) which are significantly quieter and less intrusive. The product coal will be finely crushed (typically 3mm to 5mm) so will be much like sand in handling. The mine requires materials such as rockbolts and mesh, which need to be supplied daily. Rather than have these individually delivered to the mine site by the suppliers throughout the day as and when, we intend to take delivery at an off-site storage facility and then create our own delivery system, to ensure 4 time-tabled deliveries a day on a designated route. This will not only improve efficiency, it will ensure that we are not contributing to an overload on the local roads.
Material-handling-map
The box culvert would look similar to the examples below. The land would be returned back to the condition it was in before installation of the tunnel sections.


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Crushed rock material will be transported by rail in MJA box wagons (78.6t and 14m long each), south to a quarry near Barrow where it will be recycled and sold as bulk inert fill material.

Redcar is the deepest water (17m) berth on the east coast and can handle ships in excess of 180,000tonnes. From here, WCM is looking to export its coal to the EU and beyond, typically in Panamax size (up to 80,000 tonnes) bulk ships (typically 300m long, 32m beam and 12m draft).

Main and secondary port options

Find out more about the plan

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Please get in touch with any questions or comments relating to the progress of the mine.

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Latest News & Events

Stakeholder event information panels – June 2017

Three days of public open days were held at our offices at Haig, extremely well-attended as with all our previous events.