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Rockies mine is an opencast bituminous coal mine near Granity on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island.

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Background

The mine is owned by Rockies Mining Ltd (RML).[1]

Project Details

Location: Near Granity on the West Coast of the South Island, 28 km northeast of Westport. It is close to the Stockton mine, where Solid Energy mines an area called “Rockies”.[2]
Coordinates: -41.637128,171.871219
Coal field: Buller
Historical background: Rockies has been a working mine on and off for many years under licences that expired in 2010. A new, single mining permit was granted in October 2010 and resource consents were granted by the Buller District Council and the West Coast Regional Council in April 2012. The Department of Conservation also granted the Access Arrangement and Concession that were required and RML is now able to undertake mining for the rest of the mine life.[3]
Current owner: Rockies Mining Ltd
Status: Operating (?)
Production capacity:
Estimated recoverable reserves:
Mining technique: Opencast
Type of coal: Bituminous
Solid fuel calorific value (gross) 28.00 MJ/kg (Range for NZ coal 15.25–31.95 MJ/kg)[4]
Market information:
Environmental and/or health & safety issues:

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. Ministry of Economic Development, "Operating coal mines", accessed March 2012
  2. Enzed Transport, "Coal mining past present and future links with rail development & heritage (West Coast / Canterbury, South Island)",20 January 2011
  3. Resource & Environmental Management (REM), "Rockies Mining Ltd", accessed December 2012
  4. Ministry of Economic Development, "Energy data file 2011", accessed December 2012

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