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Completion of Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) marks major milestone for WCM

WCM is delighted to announce the completion of its Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS), which is a major milestone in the development of its plans for the creation of the Cumbrian metallurgical coal project to supply steelmakers in the UK and EU with high quality hard coking coal.

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  • Railway integral to development plan

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Once Woodhouse Colliery is constructed and into production, we have pledged to move all coal by rail through Whitehaven, to the port of Redcar. The coal will then be onwardly distributed to UK and European steel works. A new dedicated railway siding will be constructed along with a noise-insulated rail loading facility allowing for the loading and distribution of the coal, helping us to achieve our goal of minimising environmental impact.

It is a golden rule within our business plan not to distribute coal by road. The impact on the local highways will be limited to use by people commuting to and from work and delivery of materials. By moving the coal by rail, rather than transporting road, the CO2 footprint is reduced by 76 percent.

During the construction phase, we will be consulting with the local community regarding traffic movements and potential alternatives to private cars and road haulage so that we can minimise the impact wherever possible.

Consideration has been given as to how we can prevent overloading the local roads with deliveries. We intend to have an off-site storage facility and make our own delivery runs, using designated times and routes.

Once operational, it is anticipated there will 220 people on-site during the daytime shift. Therefore, we will continue to look at ways to reduce the number of cars coming to site, ie through lift-sharing, shift worker buses and cycle to work schemes.

There will be ample car parking on site for the expected numbers and we will be speaking to the Council to prevent parking on High Road.

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Latest News & Events

Completion of Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) marks major milestone for WCM

WCM is delighted to announce the completion of its Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS), which is a major milestone in the development of its plans for the creation of the Cumbrian metallurgical coal project to supply steelmakers in the UK and EU with high quality hard coking coal.