A £165m new coal mine scheme construction works are expected to start early next year in West Cumbria. The scheme got planning approval in the last week. Cumbria County Council has resolved to grant planning approval to West Cumbria Mining.
The approval will help develop the Cumbrian Metallurgical Coal Project. A brownfield site near Whitehaven is used for extracting metallurgical coal as the Woodhouse Colliery scheme will be a new underground mine.
2.7m tonnes of coking coal per year for UK and European steel-making plants will be used by Woodhouse Colliery for extraction and processing. This will be done after construction of the mine is completed.
The initial coal production commences around 18-months after the start of construction in the early next year.