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Please click on the following link for more information about CoalImP.

Please click on the following link for more information about the Institute of Quarrying Prime (Professional Recognition in Mineral Extraction) award scheme.

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Please click on the following link to see the Bettercoal case study of Banks Mining’s Shotton and Brenkley sites.

For figures for the amount of coal used for non-power generating purposes in the UK for 2006 to 2015, please see the Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) 2016, table 2.4, page 58, ‘supply and consumption of coal’.

The UK coal fired power station fleet currently generates around 14.5MW of electricity in the UK per annum. Figures for 2015 show that between 20 and 33 per cent of the UK’s electricity was generated from coal. Coal’s share of generation is down to 15.8 per cent for Q1 2016. Please see: DUKES 2016, chart 5.2, page 55, ‘shares of electricity generation’.

Whilst the country develops a range of alternative ways to generate power it is essential that the supply of indigenous coal is maintained. Coal is a vital bridge to the low carbon economy. Currently the UK imports over 70 per cent of the coal used to generate electricity in the UK from Russia, Colombia, the USA and Australia. In previous years it has been more than 80 per cent. Please see DUKES 2016, table 2A, ‘coal imports by origin’, page 12.

In 2014 the net cost to the UK of these coal imports was around £1.8bn. In 2013 it was £2.7bn. In 2015 it was £730m. The line graph above right gives the values of UK coal production and imports for 2010 to 2015. Please see DUKES 2015, tables 1.4 to 1.6, pages 32 to 34 inclusive.

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