Banks mining completes maintenance work at Mainshill surface mine

November 25, 2014 | Mining News

Family-owned mining firm Banks Mining has completed a maintenance project on the site of a former surface coal mine in South Lanarkshire on time and on budget.

Banks was appointed by Mines Restoration Limited to carry out the work at the Mainshill Surface Mine, which is located to the east of the town of Douglas, alongside the A70, and which has not has not been mined since former operators Scottish Coal went into administration last year.

A seven-strong Banks team undertook a programme of works on site at Mainshill, which took around eight weeks to complete.

Founded in 1976, Banks Mining has operated and restored well over 100 surface mines across Scotland and the north of England over the last 35 years, and has substantial experience of carrying out the type of work required at Mainshill.

Banks currently operates the Rusha surface mine in West Lothian, and was also responsible for the development of the world-renowned Northumberlandia landform, which was fashioned using 1.5 million tonnes of carefully selected stone, clay and soil extracted from its adjacent Shotton surface mine in South East Northumberland as part of its ‘restoration first’ approach to working the still-operational site.

MRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust, an independent and charitable body established to facilitate the process of restoring open cast sites across Scotland on behalf of communities and other stakeholders.

MRL acquired the remaining seven Scottish Coal sites in July this year following the transfer of environmental licences by SEPA, and is now engaging with local authorities, landowners and community groups to discuss and develop pragmatic restoration plans for each of the sites.

Jim Donnelly, divisional director at Banks Mining, adds: “Ensuring that former surface mine sites are properly managed and maintained is very much a live issue for the Scottish mining industry, and the work we’ve carried out at Mainshill provides an excellent example of how this challenge can be practically addressed.

“We’re grateful to Mines Restoration Limited for trusting our expert team with this project, and aim to further extend the range of such work that we do across Scotland in the future.”

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