UK Coal Surface Mining develops, operates and then restores surface mines.
We aim to be the safest, most efficient and responsible surface mining operation in the UK, extracting over 1.7 million tonnes of coal a year to power UK homes and businesses. We support our local mining communities, providing substantial community funds to local groups and organisations.
Our surface mines, sometimes known as opencast, dig out coal at and just below the land surface. Surface mines are typically operated for three to five years before the landscape is restored.
Each site has a detailed restoration plan and an aftercare programme once coal has been extracted. Our award winning former surface mine sites include rich wildlife habitats, high quality farmland, recreation and sporting facilities, housing development or business parks, tailored to local needs.
At UK Coal, we are a community of skilled, resourceful and hard-working people who are passionate about our work and proud of our achievements. We believe that home-produced coal has a future in providing a secure and lasting source of energy for us all.
We know that what people think about us is based on how well we go about mining coal as well as how much they understand about UK Coal; both are down to us.
Latest news from the communities in which we work.
Leeds Nature Reserve created from former Surface Mine
A former surface mine is being unveiled as a brand-new RSPB nature reserve on the outskirts of Leeds, specifically designed for both people and wildlife.
Colombian Delegation visits UK Coal Surface Mining to view Industry Best Practice
A delegation of 11 Colombian miners, engineers, lawyers and consultants recently spent the day with UK Coal’s surface mining teams in the north-east to learn about the company’s high operating stan
UK Coal Surface Mining Lead the Way in Professional Development
UK Coal Surface Mining has become Britain’s first surface coal mining company to join the Institute of Quarrying’s Corporate Professional Competence scheme (CPC).
Effects on You
A selection of issues considering the effects of our mines.
Effect on the Landscape
The landscape around us is dynamic and vital. It provides us with food, wealth and energy, as well as places for wildlife and leisure activities.
Impact on Environment and Habitats (biodiversity)
Through detailed and comprehensive environmental impact assessments at the planning stage, UK Coal looks for ways to minimise the negative effects of surface mining and find ways to improve the sites we restore.
Effect on Business & Employment
Surface mining creates jobs and local economic benefits, and many of our operational staff are recruited locally and go onto to work at other sites.