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New mine ground investigation underway in Northumberland

Banks Mining has awarded a ground investigation contract to Allied Exploration and Geotechnics (AEG) to undertake a ground investigation as part of its plans to develop a new coal mine at Highthorn in Northumberland.

Banks has said that the 30m deep boreholes being undertaken by AEG will form a key part of design of the proposed new surface mine.

David Blythe of DAB Geotechnics who is also working on the project, said: “We’re well aware of the geology of the site from previous investigations, but by taking undisturbed samples of the shallow clay deposits that form a covering layer and carrying out specialised testing in a laboratory, we shall be able to better inform the scheme design work that Banks are carrying out.”

Banks Group environment and community directory Mark Dowdall added: “The information that analysis of the investigation will enable us to assess how physical layout of the site might be shaped, and will enable us to design operations in the most appropriate and efficient manner possible.”

Banks Mining is expecting to submit a planning application for the Highthorn mine site in 2015 and hopes that it will be able to start operations next year.

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