Welcome to Banks Mining

Why do we still mine coal? Isn’t it yesterday’s fuel?
We mine it because the UK still needs coal to manufacture steel & cement. It creates a lot less CO2 if we mine coal here in the UK rather than import it from hundreds/thousands of miles away in Russia & the USA. #minelocal

Banks Mining develops, operates and restores surface coal mines in a modern, safe, responsible and efficient way in the north east of England to the highest possible standards. Banks Mining mines coal in the UK via the “opencast” or surface coal mining method. Banks Mining has been mining coal in the UK since 1976.

Banks Mining currently mine around one million tonnes of coal a year from our surface coal mines in south east Northumberland (Shotton and Brenkley Lane) and latest one, Bradley, in County Durham. Coal in the UK is used to produce iron and steel, cement, sugar, food and drink, carbon fibre products, electricity and in other industrial processes.


Investing in the North East and Scotland

During their life our Shotton and Brenkley Lane mines will have contributed £0.5bn to the UK balance of payments and provide £0.4bn into the north east economy. In the last four years Banks Mining has:

  • Paid £13.54m to HM Treasury in corporation tax
  • Paid £3.26m in business rates
  • Paid out £24.85m in site based workers’ wages
  • Spent £215m in the local supply chain


Banks Mining has restored 111 surface coal mines

The business has a proud record of fully restoring every surface mine they have ever worked.

It is our aim to be the UK’s most successful coal mining company in terms of our ability to develop new projects and our operating standards.

We are deeply committed to our development with care approach and operate and restore all our sites in close consultation with the local community. As a company we are committed to mining coal in the most sustainable way possible, helping to ensure that the country has sufficient power to meet its energy needs.

Awards and accreditation

Banks Mining is a member of CoalImP – the Association for UK Coal Importers and Producers.

The business has been awarded PRIME (Professional Recognition In Mineral Extraction) certification by the Institute of Quarrying in recognition of the comprehensive provisions it makes for staff training, leadership and engagement.

The company is also an approved participating supplier to the Bettercoal scheme. Bettercoal is a global, not-for-profit, initiative established by a group of major utilities to promote the continuous improvement of corporate responsibility in the coal supply chain, with a specific focus on the mines themselves.

For more information about CoalImp, PRIME or Bettercoal please see our Links page

Registered office: Inkerman House, St John's Road, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8XL

Registered in England number 2267400. VAT registration number 569 3236 14

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