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UK to open first new coal mine in 30 years – media – RT Business News


The British government is assessing the feasibility of opening a new coal mine to reduce reliance on Russian energy, according to a Daily Telegraph report on Saturday, citing Conservative Party sources.

According to the publication’s sources, Michael Gove, the British Minister for Housing and Regional Development, is inclined to approve the construction of a new coal mine in the town of Whitehaven, Cumbria, in the North West of England. . The project was originally presented several years ago and given the green light in October 2020, but six months later the UK Cabinet of Ministers blocked certification and launched a new review of the project amid protests from environmentalists.

However, in the context of the situation in Ukraine and the sweeping restrictions imposed on Moscow, which include the elimination of Russian coal imports by the end of the year, the British authorities may end up approving the project despite previous objections. , writes The Telegraph. Gove is expected to make a decision on the new mine by July 7, but sources say it could happen as early as mid-May. According to the Cabinet, the mine will supply coal to major steel mills.

If approved, the Whitehaven project will be the first new coal mine in Britain for three decades. The project will focus on the extraction of metallurgical coal (met coal), which is used in the production of steel. Until recently, 40% of UK coal needs were supplied by Russia.

However, contracts have been canceled amid sanctions following the launch of the Russian military operation in neighboring Ukraine. On April 6, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced that by the end of 2022 London would stop all coal and oil imports from Russia and would also take steps to stop gas supplies. Russian.

The EU, which is also pressuring Moscow with economic restrictions amid the Ukraine crisis, has already decided to ditch Russian coal. Earlier this month, Brussels announced it would ban the purchase, import or transit of coal and other solid minerals from Russia from August 10.

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