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The Liverpool mine is a potential "export-grade hard coking coal" being investigated by Solid Energy.
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The potential mine is located inland from the township of Runanga near Greymouth on the South Island. In its 2011 annual report the company states that one of its aims for 2012 is to "complete feasibility study" for the project.
In November 2011 Solid Energy announced that it had was applying to the Grey District and West Coast Regional Councils for resource consents for exploration of the Liverpool project. The company stated that it is hoping to develop "a series of small opencast and underground operations" which would produce up to 500,000 tonnes a year over a 15-to-20 year mine life. In its report for the quarter to March 31 2012 Solid Energy stated that it had been granted the resource consents for an "exploration drive and associated access road construction to test ground conditions" for the proposed mine.
"This is the first step in consenting what we expect to be a combined opencast and underground operation. Infill and geotechical drilling has been underway since June 2011. The focus is now on measuring hard coking coal resources in the eastern ar5ea. This exploration is progressing well with indications of the potential to extend the opencast limits. The coal will be blended with other high sulphur West Coast coals to increase sales volumes".
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Articles and Resources
- Solid Energy, "Annual report 2011", Solid Energy, page 25.
- Alan Wood, "Solid Energy seeks Liverpool consents", Business Day, November 8, 2011.
- Solid Energy, "Solid Energy to seek exploration consents for export coking coal operation near Greymouth", Media Release, November 7, 2011.
- Solid Energy, "Quarterly Report to March 31, 2011", Solid Energy, April 2012, page 3.