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UK Coal future to be decided this month

by David Woodard on 15 September, 2014

I have previously reported on the financial difficulties faced by UK Coal. The last official news release from UK Coal was on 11th June this year after Hargreaves Services had pulled out of a £5million loan deal. Now according to local sources crucial talks are being held with an Indian mining company Zamadini. These talks […]

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UK Coal – Concern over its future continues

by David Woodard on 12 June, 2014

I reported on UK Coal’s continuing financial difficulties and their proposed managed closure plan on 16 April and until yesterday no news could have been regarded as good news. Then yesterday Hargreaves Services, a potential partner, announced they had withdrawn from the managed closure process. UK Coal says it is still pursuing options around alternative […]

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The photograph alongside shows yours truly standing at the side of the A197 Bypass with Pegswood’s fire station in the distance. The land in the foreground, west of the fire station, is currently in agricultural use and bounded by the A197 bypass to the south and mainline railway line to the north. Northumberland County Council’s […]

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UK Coal – An important update

by David Woodard on 16 April, 2014

I reported on 30 March and 3 April on UK Coal’s current financial difficulties. UK Coal is now having discussions with its workforce on the closure of its deep mines at Kellingley in Yorkshire and Thoresby in Nottinghamshire as it seeks to finalise a £20m investment package for an 18 month closure programme. Without this […]

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UK Coal – An update on my March 30th report

by David Woodard on 3 April, 2014

Yesterday’s further announcement by UK Coal that they plan to close two costly deep mines in the Midlands comes as no surprise given the current market price for coal. Hopefully the discussions UK Coal are having with Government will lead to existing jobs in Northumberland being protected and the surface mines at Potland Burn and […]

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UK Coal is appealing for financial help which it says is needed to keep its mines open. The coal mining firm says it is in advanced talks to raise “at least £10m” needed. It is working with the government and private investors. UK Coal currently has two working deep mines – Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire […]

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UK growth fastest in G7

by David Woodard on 12 March, 2014

The latest forecast from the Organisation of Economic Co–operation and Development (OECD) has revealed that Britain will have the fastest rate of economic growth of any G7 major nation by the middle of the year, with an annualised growth rate forecast at 3.3%. Separate data indicates the UK’s gross domestic product growing by up to […]

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Lynemouth Power Station – welcome news

by David Woodard on 20 December, 2013

The 400MW power station at Lynemouth, is one of a number of coal fired power stations set to close due to emissions regulations. It supplied electricity to the Alcan smelter until Rio Tinto Alcan shut down the smelter in May 2012 with the loss of hundreds of jobs. Since that closure the power station has […]

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At the National Apprenticeship Awards’ event last week the county council made the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers’ list. Announced during the event at The Skills Show in Birmingham on Wednesday 14 November, the prestigious Top 100 list, compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds, recognises excellence in organisations and businesses […]

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