Key facts: Aberpergwm coal mine expansion

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Key facts

Coal & refuse to be excavated: 72 million tonnes in total - 30 million tonnes of which will be "middling" coal to be dumped or put back into the coal mine.

Coal to be sold: 42 million tonnes during the life of the extension

CO2: 100-120 million tonnes of CO2, according to uses listed below (2022 BEIS Conversion Factors)

Methane: up to 1.17 million tonnes of methane, a powerful climate accelerant

Coal operator (mining company): Energybuild Ltd/Energybuild Mining Ltd.

Type: Anthracite

Claimed uses:

  • 2022: According to Energybuild Ltd, 60% of the coal goes to steelworks, 20% domestic heating (80% overall), with the remaining to mixed industrial uses
  • 2023: Energybuild Ltd predicts, overall, 70% of the coal will go to steelworks and domestic heating (reduction of 10%), with the remaining to mixed industrial uses

The planning application said power stations and steel works. With Aberthaw power station closed, Energybuild now talks of Pulverised injection for steelmaking, household heating, cement, and water filtration.

County Council Local Planning Authority: Neath Port Talbot

Address: Glynneath, Neath, SA11 5AJ

Physical size: Because this is an underground mine, much of the excavation would be invisible but very real, as communities victim to flooding mine shafts have experienced. The underground tunnelling has permission to extend to 2.3km squared, taking you roughly half an hour to walk from one side of the tunnels to the other. And this doesn’t factor in the vertical shafts, sending offshoots that go beneath the River Dulais.

Time: Planning permission to mine coal until 2039 (this is often subsequently extended).

Published: 22/04/2022

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Derek West
Derek West
1 year ago

This insanity seems to have infected many world Governments, despite numerous warnings that we must dump fossil fuels urgently, our politicians continue to endorse and encourage the further mining of coal. Thanks to these decisions we will most certainly face a catastrophic future.

Lucy Kelly
Lucy Kelly
1 year ago

Coal is bad for the environment, so we should avoid it, if possible!

Pam Wiliiams
Pam Wiliiams
1 year ago

The argument that Tata steel needs the anthracite produced by Aberpergwm is now very questionable since the UK government has sad it will give £300 million towards a transition to using arc furnaces.

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