Hargreaves warns of mining production gap

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ONE of the few remaining deep coal mines in the UK is facing a lengthy production gap as a result of unprecedented geological conditions.

Hargreaves Services said work on preparing a new panel for use at Maltby Colliery in Rotherham later this year has been suspended due to the significant ingress of water, oil, gas and other hydrocarbons.

The conditions, which are believed to have never happened before in Maltby’s 100-year history, will result in a gap between production panels of 12 to 16 weeks and knock £16 million from Hargreaves profits for next year.


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