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About our Cumbria Coal Mine news

Latest news on the first new coal mine in the UK in 30 years, the West Cumbria Mining project near Whitehaven in Cumbria, which was recently approved.

The proposed mine in Cumbria, Woodhouse Colliery, would extract coking coal for steel production in the UK and overseas. Critics say the mine would undermine climate targets and demand for coking coal is falling, while supporters claim the mine will create jobs and reduce the need to import coal. The mine's approval was suspended in 2021 ahead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, but has now been approved by the UK government.

The project is proposed by West Cumbria Mining Ltd., a privately owned UK company, based in West Cumbria, that aims to produce high quality metallurgical coal (also known as coking coal) for the steel industry at home and in Europe. The project involves extracting 2.78 million tonnes of coking coal a year from under the sea near Whitehaven in a ‘deep’ coal mine. The coal is predominantly for export and would be consumed by the steel industry. Only up to 17% of the coal is expected to be used in the UK.

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