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.