Harworth Colliery to be 'mothballed'


Harworth Colliery is to be mothballed, UK Coal has announced.

The decision came after UK Coal failed to win a sales contract allowing a cash investment to mine coal reserves at the colliery.

UK Coal pledged to work towards a commercial solution within the 90-day consultation period over redundancies.

Fixed assets at the colliery, located in the village of Bircotes, south of Doncaster, are valued at £12 million with a further £3 million recently invested to develop access to further reserves.

UK Coal chief executive Gerry Spindler said: "Everyone has worked tirelessly to find a solution. The performance and dedication of the workforce at Harworth has been exemplary.

"We have all worked extremely hard to save the colliery at a time of increasing demand for coal, and will continue to do so."

Harworth is one of only seven deep mines remaining in the UK.

The colliery had reportedly been in discussions with energy firm EDF over the supply of almost 1.5 million tonnes of coal.

It has further deep reserves of coal, up to 30 million tonnes.

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