The coal seams from which the metallurgical coal is intended to be extracted are located offshore, off the Cumbrian coast. To gain access, drift tunnels will be created from land to sea. The drift tunnel will access the coal offshore, reaching a depth of around 550m below the coastline.
Two initial options were explored and feedback was encouraged from the local community through events, website, social media and direct contact. Following discussions and the development of our Pre-Feasibility Study, we have now confirmed our preferred location for the mine facilities, including the mine accesses, process plant and train loading facilities (View PDF plans). This plan will reuse the former Marchon industrial site near Woodhouse, which will be redeveloped.
The initial plans for the site development were presented at our Community event in April 2016 and were further developed following feedback to incorporate:
- Bunding (retaining walls) and planting around the site to reduce visual and other impacts to a minimum
- Enclosing the mine drifts area within a covered acoustic building to mitigate any surface noise/dust/light
- Relocation of various buildings to reduce any noise impacts
- Reducing overall height of the buildings
You can see the original plans presented at the events in April 2016 and compare them to the revised ones by viewing the presentation board at http://www.westcumbriamining.com/wp-content/uploads/July-event-boards-4.jpg