West Cumbria Mining Secures Approval For Metallurgical Coal Project Development

Yesterday, Cumbria County Council formally granted planning approval to West Cumbria Mining (WCM) to develop its metallurgical coal project, which will be known as Woodhouse Colliery - a new underground mine, located on a brownfield site, to the southwest of Whitehaven in West Cumbria.

Since 2014, the company has been working on its plans to develop a 21st century mine which has included careful thought and consideration about the design of the surface infrastructure to minimise any potential impact from noise, dust and light. A considerable number of environmental and ecological surveys have been completed, alongside a programme of coal exploration, both onshore and offshore which has proven the presence of high quality coal for use in the steel industry. Once construction of the mine is completed and Woodhouse Colliery moves into the operational phase, the company plans to extract and process around 2.5 million tpy of metallurgical coal to supply into UK and European steelmaking coal plants, which currently import around 45 million tpy from USA, Canada, Russia and Australia.