West Cumbria Mining Limited (WCM) is a privately owned UK company, based in West Cumbria, focussed on producing high quality metallurgical coal to supply the steel industry at home and in Europe.

Net Zero Operations

WCM will operate a world leading, legally binding emissions mitigation scheme. This will utilise an electrical mining fleet, renewable electricity tariff, methane capture and elimination, zero emission transport schemes and carbon offsetting for residual emissions. WCM’s commitment significantly exceeds the UK Climate Change Committee ‘Net Zero Test’ for all new projects (including Scope 1,2 & 3 emissions).

Premium High-Quality Steelmaking Coal

For use by steelmakers as a direct replacement for USA coals. It has highly attractive properties for steelmaking, including ultra-low ash and very low Phosphorus. With excellent existing infrastructure, this can be delivered on a ‘just-in-time’ basis to Europe, using a variety of vessel sizes up to Cape or by rail to UK steelmakers.


WCM is committed to ‘Zero Harm’ across all our activities. We intend to be an employer of choice offering long-term and highly rewarded roles to the local area.


The company believes that the social licence to construct and operate Woodhouse Colliery is a critical part of our sustainability responsibilities, with the highest standards of operational performance and employee relations.


The WCM Sustainability Fund will support a series of major local initiatives, including a major new forestry development (offsetting scheme), renewable energy sources and local home insulation programme.